Tesla Supercharger network to be available for any EV

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Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, made the announcement on Twitter, with the grand opening scheduled for later this year.

The Tesla Supercharger network will be opened to other electric vehicle brands later this year as confirmed by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk.

Musk made the announcement to his Twitter following, which means exact details on when Tesla will make its charging stations available to other manufacturers is yet to be confirmed. Tesla is also yet to announce which countries will benefit from the new arrangement.

Until now, the Tesla Supercharger network has been reserved for Tesla cars only, with the company controlling access by engineering its own charging connector for its vehicles.

When connected to a Supercharger, the new Tesla Model S Plaid can take on 320km of range in just 15 minutes thanks to the unit’s 250kW DC charging output.

Adapters which convert the Tesla socket to CCS and CHAdeMO connectors are available to order from the company’s website to allow Tesla drivers to top up at any commercial station.

Nothing’s official yet, but we expect Tesla will soon launch adapters which convert the other way, allowing everything from the Nissan Leaf to the Porsche Taycan to use its chargers.

Currently, the Tesla Supercharger network comprises more than 25,000 stations worldwide, which would make EV driver’s lives a little easier when hunting for a charging socket. While the network in Australia is not large, it would help to ease charging for owners of vehicles such as the Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona, MG ZS and Nissan Leaf electric cars.

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