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Tesla chargers will unlock to other EVs in US government push for 100,000 public charging stations

Electric VW at a Tesla Supercharger station in Europe (image: OfficialQzf/Reddit)
Electric VW at a Tesla Supercharger station in Europe (image: OfficialQzf/Reddit)
The White House's pressure on Tesla and Elon Musk in particular to unlock its charging network for other electric vehicles has worked, it seems, as it just announced that Tesla will have at least 7,500 of its piles made accessible to other EV brands. This includes both existing and brand new chargers across the 50 states.

Just as rumored, the White House detailed how it will be distributing the billions in government subsidies for its National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program (NEVI), "a $5 billion initiative to create a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle chargers." For the first time in the US, Tesla will be allowing other electric cars to use its sprawling Supercharger and destination charger networks with no less than 7,500 of its piles available to all EVs by the end of 2024.

Given that on last count Tesla had about 16,822 Superchargers and Tesla destination chargers in the US, Tesla has some work to do to make such a big number accessible to all. Of those 7,500, at least 3,500 new and existing 250 kW Superchargers will be situated on major highways, while Level 2 destination chargers will cover hotels, restaurants, and rural areas. In the meantime, Tesla's Supercharger network with American-made piles will double from now. Additionally, the White House announced the following initiatives that will be part of the NEVI push:

  • Hertz and bp are announcing their intention to build out a national network of EV fast charging infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Hertz and bp intend to bring charging infrastructure to Hertz locations across America, including major cities such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The charging hubs will serve rideshare and taxi drivers, car rental customers and the general public at high-demand locations, such as airports. A number of installations are expected to include large-scale charging hubs, known as “gigahubs.” bp aims to invest $1 billion in EV charging in the US by 2030. Hertz’s objective is to make one-quarter of its fleet electric by the end of 2024.
  • Pilot Company, General Motors, and EVgo have partnered to build a coast-to-coast network of 2,000 high power 350 kW fast chargers at Pilot and Flying J travel centers along American highways. The nationwide network of up to 500 travel centers will enable long distance EV travel by connecting urban and rural communities. Today, the companies are announcing that the first 200+ chargers in this network are expected to be available for use by drivers in 2023.
  • TravelCenters of America and Electrify America announced that they will offer electric vehicle charging at select Travel Centers of America and Petro locations, with a goal of installing approximately 1,000 EV chargers at 200 locations along major highways over the next five years.
  • Electrify America recently held the official groundbreaking of Electrify America Solar Glow™ 1, the new 75 MW solar PV project in San Bernardino County, CA to help back all energy delivered to EV drivers with renewable energy across more than 800 DC fast charging stations nationwide.
  • Mercedes-Benz, ChargePoint, and MN8 Energy announced a partnership to deploy over 400 charging hubs with more than 2,500 publicly accessible DC fast charging ports across the U.S. and Canada.
  • ChargePoint, Volvo Cars, and Starbucks announced a partnership to deploy 60 DC fast chargers at up to 15 locations along the 1,350-mile pilot route between Seattle and Denver to be completed by summer 2023.
  • General Motors, in partnership with FLO, has announced a collaborative effort with dealers to install up to 40,000 public Level 2 EV chargers in local communities by 2026 through GM’s Dealer Community Charging Program. The new charging stations will join the GM’s Ultium Charge 360 network, and will be available to all EV drivers.
  • Francis Energy, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based EV charge point operator, is expanding into 40 states in 2023, with plans to install 50,000 EV charging ports by 2030 in partnership with municipalities, auto dealers, Tribal Nations, and private businesses. Currently 75% of Francis Energy’s network is in Justice40 communities.
  • Forum Mobility, a zero-emission trucking solutions provider, recently announced a $400 million commitment to deploy over 1,000 DC fast-chargers. The charging infrastructure will serve the thousands of heavy-duty electric trucks projected to begin operating at the San Pedro and Oakland ports in California over the next decade. The community charging depots will create over 600 new union jobs in disadvantaged communities while reducing harmful emissions at the ports and along freight corridors.
  • Ford has committed to installing at least one public-facing DC Fast charger with two ports at 1,920 Ford dealerships by January 2024.

Drivers of electric vehicles who want to charge on Superchargers or destination charger will be able to do so via the Tesla app or its website, like in Europe, where owners of other EV brands pay more than Tesla owners to charge their vehicles at Tesla stations, even with a subscription.

Mum's the word on Supercharger rates for non-Tesla vehicles in the US, but Tesla already leaked some details and the exact charging subscription prices shouldn't be far behind.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2023-02-15 (Update: 2023-02-15)