Tesla currently has over 2,700 Supercharger stations around the world with more than 25,000 Supercharger stalls among them – and according to a new report, the company may be opening its Tesla-only charging network up to non-Tesla vehicles in one country.
On Wednesday, German paper Osnabrücker Zeitung reported that Tesla may be looking to open up its Supercharger network in Germany to other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the auto sector, according to the country’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer (via electrek).
In an interview with the paper, Scheuer said, “I am in direct contact with manufacturers such as Tesla in order to ensure that the existing infrastructure, for example, Tesla Supercharger, is also opened up to other manufacturers.” Citing ongoing concerns yet to be solved, Scheuer added, “There are a few technical issues to be cleared up, but I expect we will come to a resolution.”
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While other third-party networks like Electrify Canada, ChargePoint, Ionity, and others offer charging to any brand, Tesla has traditionally only allowed Tesla vehicles to use its Supercharger stations.
Regarding the goal for Tesla’s charging network, Scheuer went on to say, “The aim is the barrier-free use of the charging stations of all providers for all e-cars, and that with a uniform payment system, ideally via smartphone. Then you can relax and get a real or vegan currywurst while the charging process is in progress, and off you go.”
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.