Tesla opens its Supercharger network to 37 other EVs including by its main competitor BYD
Tesla is keeping the promise to open its Supercharger network to other vehicles and, after doing so in Europe and the US or Australia, it is now the turn of EV owners in the biggest single car market to enjoy its Superchargers. Tesla China announced that it is starting a pilot Supercharger station opening in the two biggest cities - Beijing and Shanghai - for no less than 37 EVs from other manufacturers.
These include the most popular models from its main competitor BYD like the Han and Tang EVs, but also by NIO, XPeng, Polestar, and more. The NIO ES6, NIO EC6, XPeng P7, Li Auto Li ONE, Zeekr 001, or Polestar 2 will be among the notable additions to the Supercharger station roster in China. In addition, Tesla is giving access to 120 of its slower destination charger stations across 25 provinces. On last count, Tesla boasted 1,600 Supercharger stations in China, with more than 10,000 piles.
The opening of its charging network will only start with a few stations, though, but will eventually spread out, just as Tesla did in Europe and is now doing in the US or Australia. It also open-sourced its charging setup, calling it the North American Charging System (NACS), arguing that it is the most elegant yet powerful EV charging solution so far.
In China, however, Tesla has real competition from EVs with 800V systems and the respective ultrafast chargers by the likes of NIO, Zeeker, or XPeng that top its V3 and even its V4 Supercharger speeds. Thus, the network opening move may not be as significant as in other regions, yet it would still irk current Tesla owners there if they have to wait more.
BYD Atto 3 charging from Tesla Supercharger in Bathurst NSW, Australia pic.twitter.com/2p8xqsnmDX— Ludicrous Feed (@LudicrousFeed) February 1, 2023