Non-Tesla electric cars can officially begin fuel up at Tesla Supercharger stations in the US.
On February 28, Tesla announced that selected stations are equipped with adapters for other brand EVs, and drivers inside California, TexasNew York and other states have reported using it with success.
Earlier in February, the White House given guidance that EV manufacturers who want to receive federal funding must make their chargers brand-agnostic. In the same month, Tesla announced a plan to open at least 3,500 Superchargers in other vehicles.
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By 2021, a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill allocates $7.5 billion to create a network of 500,000 public EV chargers by 2030, mostly on high-traffic highways and in densely populated residential areas.
Tesla is one of the companies financing the project, with a combination of private money and federal subsidies.
Where can I charge my non-Tesla EV at a Tesla Supercharger?
S&P Global Mobility estimates that, as of January 2023, there will be nearly 17,000 Tesla Superchargers and destination chargers in the US.
The company hasn’t released information on where or how many Superchargers are currently available to non-Telsa EVs, but you can scan any area for available stations in the Tesla app.
Tesla has promised to make at least 3,500 of its stations available for all electric vehicles by the end of 2024, as well as 4,000 Level 2 charging ports.
How do I charge a non-Telsa EV at a Supercharger?
Tesla is retrofitting select stations with a “Magic Dock,” a CCS1 adapter placed over Tesla’s NACS plug that allows non-Tesla EVs to charge at a maximum rate of 250 kW.
To use a Supercharger:
- Download the Tesla app and create an account.
- Select “Charge Your Non-Tesla” and find a nearby Supercharger site.
- Add a payment method, select a stall, open the adapter and plug in your car.
- Tap “Start Charging.”
- Select “Stop Charging” to complete your session.
How do I pay for a Tesla Supercharger?
Payment is made through the Tesla app.
Each Supercharger post is labeled with a unique identifier. If you remove the cable from post 4A, for example, select post 4A in the Tesla app to start charging.
Non-Tesla drivers can pay as they go or sign up for a monthly $13 membership. The subscription gets you a discounted rate, though it’s still higher than what Tesla owners pay.
That’s to cover “the additional costs involved in supporting the charging of a wide range of vehicles and adjustments to our sites to accommodate these vehicles,” Tesla said in a blog post. .
According to the company, prices vary by location.
Do I still have to pay the unpaid fee?
Yes, you can pay if you leave your car plugged in too long “to help ensure the stalls are open for everyone to charge,” according to Tesla.