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Tesla to open up global charging network to other EVs by end of 2021

Tesla will allow other electric vehicles to access its global network of chargers later this year. CEO Elon Musk tweeted this on Tuesday.

Until now there have never been any details about how or when the company would open up its Supercharger network of 25,000 chargers to other companies besides Tesla. Details are still slim. There are not many details yet and it is still unclear where it would initially open up or which automakers have reached agreements with Tesla. They also did not announce if Tesla owners would get priority. All we know is that Musk did finally attach a timeline of sorts by noting this would kick off before the end of 2021.

He later added in another tweet that its network would eventually be open to other EVs in every country that it has chargers. Tesla Superchargers are located in North America, Asia and Europe as well as Middle Eastern countries UAE and Israel.

Musk has talked about either sharing the technology behind his Tesla Superchargers or opening them up for use to other EVs for years now. Already back in 2014 Elon Musk said that he would be willing to open up the designs in order to build a standard that can be used interchangeably across the industry.

This would allow competing electric car models to charge up at the Supercharger network.

He has mentioned some version of this at various events and during earnings calls ever since. In 2018, Musk said in response to a question during an earnings call that the Supercharger network is not a walled garden, a reference meant to express that it is not designed to prevent other EVs from using it. At the moment it should be noted that Superchargers are not compatible to other EVs.

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The two common connectors used for rapid charging are Combined Charging System (CCS) or CHAdeMO. CCS, a direct current connector that is an open international standard that in recent years has gained popularity in Europe and North America.

Tesla has its own connector, which means automakers would have to provide or sell an adapter to owners of its EVs to access the Supercharger network. It’s a different story in Europe. Tesla uses the CCS direct current connector in Europe, making this the most likely region for Tesla to open up first.

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