Tesla to Add Reliable Third-party Chargers to Their In-Car Navigation

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla improves access to third-party charging stations
Tesla improves access to third-party charging stations

Tesla has made significant strides in improving access to fast chargers around the world. This is an important development, not only for the company but for the future of sustainable transportation. Tesla aims to make charging an EV as convenient and practical as driving an internal combustion vehicle.

Tesla continues to improve the charging experience in a variety of ways. In addition to continually expanding its own Supercharger network, Tesla is also partnering with companies like EVgo in the U.S. to install Tesla connectors at their charging stations. Tesla has also recently opened up access to its own charging connector and charge port, allowing other companies to use Tesla's tech free of charge.

Tesla opening up its charging connector is a generous move but also a clever, strategic play. There is no doubt that electric vehicles are here to stay. The question is, what will the nozzle be on the gas pump of the future? With more private companies getting into the EV charging game, this move makes it easy for them to add the Tesla connector to their equipment. Tesla has already been in discussions with some of those companies. Tesla states, "network operators already have plans in motion to incorporate NACS at their chargers, so Tesla owners can look forward to charging at other networks without adapters."

Part of the Tesla experience is having access to its vast charging infrastructure that is as reliable as it is fast. Unfortunately, not all fast chargers are as reliable, which has prevented Tesla from displaying other charging options in their vehicles.

However, Tesla will now display select third-party charging stations that meet Tesla's performance and reliability standards.

Tesla will first roll out this update across Europe and Israel, allowing Tesla owners to find third-party charging stations directly in the vehicle's navigation system. This will not only allow users to easily find and navigate to compatible chargers but also allow the vehicle to preheat its battery to maximize charging speed.

Charger Criteria

For a charging station to be added as a 'Qualified Third-Party Charger' and appear in Tesla's navigation system, it must meet these conditions over a 60-day period:

  • At least one compatible charging connector
  • Frequently used by Tesla drivers at least once every four days
  • Average charge success rate is 90% or higher

Stations will be removed from Tesla’s navigation system if any of the following conditions are met over a 14-day period:

  • No charge sessions detected
  • Average charge success rate falls below 70%

Tesla's efforts to improve access to third-party fast charging will make it easier and more convenient for Tesla owners to charge their EVs, ensuring a smooth charging experience. By expanding its network of charging stations and making it easier for drivers to access and pay for charging, the company is making it more practical for drivers to own and use their electric vehicles.

Expect this improvement to Tesla's navigation system to expand to additional regions in the future as Tesla tests and evaluates its software and additional charging stations.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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