Tesla has often offered to open its Supercharger network to other manufacturers in recent years if they’d contribute to the costs. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now confirmed for the first time that the Tesla chargers are already accessible to other electric cars.
However, according to Musk, this has so far been done “low-key” and on a small scale. It is considered likely that the Tesla CEO is referring to Aptera. The US company recently presented a three-wheeled solar electric car with fast charging function. In this context, Inside EV noticed in a photo that Aptera appears to use Tesla’s Supercharger technology. Whether other manufacturers are doing this remains unclear.
They are, although it’s kind low-key. Tesla Superchargers are being made accessible to other electric cars.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2020
Meanwhile, the Supercharger network continues to grow. In the last quarter earnings, Tesla reported a growth of 33 per cent YoY. Tesla has about 2,200 sites worldwide with close to 20,000 connections. In Europe, the largest site can be found in Germany with now with 40 Superchargers of the second and third generation as reported.
The V3 Supercharger V3 can charge with up to 250 kW. In Europe only the Model 3 and Model Y can currently utilise the full charging capacity; in North America and China, the Model S and X will also utilize the 250 kW after corresponding updates in June and August respectively.
There has also been talking about a Tesla fourth-generation Supercharger, which should allow charging capacities of around 350 kW, as Tesla’s automotive boss Jerome Guillen revealed in October. Such Megachargers would foremost serve larger Tesla vehicles such as the upcoming Cybertruck.
For the large electric truck, known as Tesla Semi, Guillen already suggested even bigger chargers: “We continue the development of the Semi. And in particular, Megachargers, we realized that the 350-kilowatt or so that we might be looking for cars is not going to be enough for Semi.”
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