Other Cars to Clog Up Superchargers?
June 24, 2021
By Henry Farkas
Elon Musk informed Norwegian officials that Tesla plans to open its supercharger network to other electric cars in September of 2022.
You might worry that millions of other electric cars are going to start clogging up the Supercharger sites here in the US. Don't worry yet.
First of all, Tesla has sold most of the electric cars that can accommodate D/C fast chargers anyway. And secondly, it's not anywhere near as easy in the US. In Europe, all the Teslas are equipped with a CCS charging port.
So the Superchargers in Europe are already physically compatible with other brands of electric cars in Europe. I'm confident that Tesla will make sure that they're adequately compensated for charging the other cars so that the income can be applied to increasing the number of Superchargers and maintaining the ones already in service.
Here in the US, Teslas use the proprietary Tesla connector for home charging and supercharging. So far, no one makes an adapter capable of allowing a Tesla Supercharger to charge a car with a CCS or CHADEMO D/C fast charger. There's no point in making one since a Tesla Supercharger will refuse to charge any car that's not on its own network. That also goes for wrecked Teslas that have been rebuilt. Once a Tesla is marked as no longer in service, it's deleted from the Tesla network, and Superchargers won't recognize it or charge it up. You can use level two charging on a wrecked and rebuilt Tesla, but a Tesla loses a lot of its utility if you can't supercharge it.
Conversely, Tesla sometimes sells an adapter that allows you to use a CHADEMO D/C fast charger to charge up a Tesla. I say sometimes because I tried to buy one from the Tesla store earlier today. I was told that it's out of stock, but that they'll email me if they get any more in stock. It's a bit pricey, but considering that it transmits a lot of electric current and that it has to work in all kinds of weather, heat, rain, snow, ice, it's understandable that it will be costly. There may come a time when I'm low on electrons and closer to an Electrify America car charging site than to a Tesla Supercharger. So I want to have one of these adapters in my trunk. Oddly, the Tesla store does sell two rather expensive Tesla to J1772 adapters even though a less expensive one comes included with each Tesla. Those adapters work only with level 2 chargers.
Looking toward the future, I can see a possibility that Tesla may want to open up the United States Supercharger network to other electric vehicles, but they'll have to either sell adapters themselves or license the patent for the proprietary Tesla adapter Supercharger system so that other companies can make the adapter. The adapters would need to connect a Tesla Supercharger to a CHADEMO or CCS equipped automobile. There would need to be appropriate compensation to Tesla so that the network could keep growing and continue supplying electricity.
Frankly, I look forward to the day when there are plenty of places where electric cars can recharge at D/C fast chargers, and all cars can use all recharging stations.
Henry Farkas is a retired country doctor. He bought his Tesla Model 3 in the middle of the pandemic. If you plan to buy a Tesla, you'll want a referral code. That will get you and the person whose code you use 1,000 miles of free supercharging. If you need one, use this one: https://ts.la/henry80997.