Currently Tesla’s chargers are only compatible with Tesla vehicles, so the change would open up a network that consists of 2,500 stations and 25,000 charging points worldwide to the rest of the EV market.
There are more than 600 charging points from Tesla situated across the UK and Ireland at the moment, so if the plans materialise, this would greatly boost the UK’s ‘ultra-rapid’ charging infrastructure.
Musk originally made the claim on Twitter but later confirmed during Tesla’s quarterly financial conference. He explained that EV drivers would need to sign up to Tesla’s smartphone app, in order to get access to the network.
Musk also commented on how drivers of older electric vehicles, with slower charging standards, would need to pay more for electricity at a Supercharger point.
This move from Tesla would have a positive impact on the EV ecosystem by allowing more people the opportunity to charge their cars. Musk explained that, “Our goal is to support the advent of sustainable energy. It’s not to create a walled garden and bludgeon our competitors.”