Tesla Continues to Open Up Superchargers to Other EVs; Adds Australia

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla opens Superchargers to non-Teslas in Australia
Tesla opens Superchargers to non-Teslas in Australia
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Tesla has opened up Superchargers to non-Teslas in Australia. All CCS-capable electric vehicles can now use select Tesla Superchargers.

Tesla originally launched the non-Tesla Supercharger pilot program back in November 2021 as an effort to further accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla intended to open the Supercharger network to non-EVs by the end of 2022 in North America, but that has yet to happen. The North American launch is currently unknown, but it may be one of the later markets to open up to non-Teslas due to Tesla's proprietary port in the region.

In a blog post shared by Tesla, the company stated, “Access to an extensive, convenient and reliable fast-charging network is critical for large-scale EV adoption. That’s why, since opening our first Superchargers in 2012, we have been committed to rapid expansion of the network. Today, we have more than 40,000 Superchargers worldwide.”

Tesla adds that they’re closely monitoring congestion and listening to feedback from customers about the experience.

Countries in the non-Tesla Supercharger pilot program include:

  • Australia
  • The Netherlands
  • France
  • Norway
  • Germany
  • UK
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Belgium
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • Italy

Tesla’s Focus on CCS

Tesla has focused heavily on rolling out the non-Tesla pilot program to countries and vehicles where the CCS2 connector is standard. This is pretty much everywhere except for North America, South Korea and China.

How This Pilot Program Helps Tesla Owners

Tesla’s Supercharger network is undeniably the best EV charging infrastructure currently available. It’s quite simply plug-and-play, removing the need to enter your parking spot number, swipe your credit card or activate the charger through an app.

Non-Tesla EVs will pay a premium when charging at supported Superchargers. Having Superchargers utilized more often could help reduce the price of Supercharging for everyone, especially at less popular locations. The cheaper charging rates for Tesla owners could be an incentive for non-Tesla owners to look into a Tesla.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range Now Eligible for $7.5K Tax Credit

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

In the US, the Model 3 Long Range has now become fully eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit is up to $7,500 USD off at the point of sale, which applies to EVs with batteries originating from the United States. The Model 3 Performance was launched with the EV tax credit, which meant that until now, it was cheaper to purchase than the Model 3 Long Range.

Interestingly, after this change, the Model 3 Long Range is only $1,000 USD more expensive than the Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive, as the RWD model is not eligible for the credit. The LFP batteries in the RWD model are from CATL in China, and thus mark it as ineligible.

At $40,000 USD, the Model 3 Long Range is now an even better deal than before – and is nearly $7,500 less (the amount of the credit), than the average new car in the United States.

Canadian EV Credits

In Canada, Tesla dropped the Model 3 RWD price by $1,000 CAD, in response to the province of  British Colombia reducing the upper limit of their EV credit MSRP range. This means that the Model 3 RWD is the only Tesla vehicle that is covered under the new BC rebate – which is one of the few provincial rebates still left standing.

Sadly, as a result of this change, and due to a weird classification gimmick, the Model Y is considered a sedan by the Government of BC and is completely ineligible for the additional rebates – but the $5,000 federal EV rebate still applies.

Tesla vehicles accounted for 80% of federal EV rebate applications in Canada in 2023, marking a net increase since last year at 60%.

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