Tesla will open some of its charging stations to other electric cars

It’s finally happening: Tesla is opening up its Superchargers in the US to other electric vehicles.

It’s a part of the Biden administration’s plan(opens in a new tab) plans to improve the EV charging network in the US were made public on Wednesday. The plan includes building a national network of 500,000 EV chargers “on America’s highways and in our communities”, and making EVs “at least 50% of new car sales by 2030”.

A key part of the plan is Tesla, which will make available “at least 7,500 chargers” for all EVs by the end of 2024. Of that number, 3,500 will be new and existing 250 kW Superchargers along highways, while the rest will be Level 2 destination chargers, like the ones you find in hotels and restaurants in “urban and rural locations.”

Tesla has also promised to double its network of Superchargers in the US; The company currently has over 1,660 Superchargers in the US, according to Supercharge.info(opens in a new tab),

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Tesla began opening its Supercharger network to other EVs in Europe in 2021, and the company promised to open in the US as well, but has yet to begin doing so. Part of the problem is the charging standard; Tesla uses a proprietary connector in North America, but it will add support for CCS connectors to its Supercharger stalls, which are the dominant standard in the US and Europe.

More EV charging stations are planned across the country

Other EV and transportation companies are also getting in on it. For example, Hertz and BP are building a network of EV fast chargers in the US. Mercedes-Benz, together with ChargePoint and MN8 Energy, has more than 2,500 publicly accessible fast chargers in the US and Canada, with over 400 charging stations. Hub will be installed. General Motors has partnered with FLO to install up to 40,000 public Level 2 EVE chargers in local communities, and Ford has committed to installing at least one public fast charger with two ports across its 1,920 dealerships by January 2024 .

The plan is part of the Biden administration’s bipartisan infrastructure law(opens in a new tab), passed in 2021, includes a $7.5 billion investment in EV charging infrastructure. There’s no word on how much money Tesla or other individual companies named in the new plan will receive.

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