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Tesla will expand its US network of superchargers to other electric vehicles in late 2022

Tesla will expand its US network of superchargers to other electric vehicles in late 2022

Admin | Post Friday, 8 July 2022 - 10:22 PM | 618

Tesla plans to start opening its network of superchargers to other electric vehicles by the end of the year, according to a memo from the White House that shared the automaker?s plans.

The US government said in April it needed to expand its own network of around 1,100 charging stations by a hundredfold to meet future demand. Tesla?s plans include expanding capacity at its Gigafactory in Buffalo, NY, where more than 1,600 employees produce supercharger stations and solar panels, the memo said.

?Later this year, Tesla will begin production of new supercharger equipment that will allow non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers in North America to use Tesla superchargers,? according to the memo.

The expansion ? and exposure to customers of other electric vehicle brands ? could help Tesla attract more revenue and attention as automakers begin launching new electric vehicles over the next two years.

The memo doesn?t mention how much money Tesla will invest in adding stations to its fast-charging network, but says the electric vehicle maker is ramping up production of ?power electronic components that convert alternating current to direct current, load cabinets, poles and cables?. .?

The patchwork of different charging networks in the United States is an awkward problem for a growing number of automakers and consumers. In June, GM announced plans to equip its new electric vehicles with ?Plug and Charge? capability that allows drivers to plug in and automate payment at a range of different charging stations.

Non-Tesla owners will need both Tesla?s smartphone app and an adapter to access the Supercharger network.

CEO Elon Musk has long pondered opening up the fast-charging network to non-Tesla electric vehicle owners. The company began running pilot programs in 2021 in more than a dozen European countries, including Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment Friday morning.