This will help speed up mainstream EV adoption.
If you've ever wondered why Teslas have become so popular so quickly, there are numerous factors. These include exceptional performance in vehicles like the Model S Plaid, but arguably the biggest reason that the average person prefers a Tesla is that it has a massive Supercharger network that spans much of the developed world. After all, the biggest fear with an EV is running out of power and having nowhere to recharge. These Superchargers are also much quicker than regular ones, but the good news is that these now won't be exclusively accessible by Teslas, thanks to the EV-maker confirming that it will open the network to other automakers by September 2022.
A decade on from opening its first Supercharger, Tesla now has more than 25,000 of these at over 2,700 charging stations across the globe. But unlike third-party EV networks like Electrify America and others, only a Tesla can charge on a Supercharger currently. Tesla has been asked about opening the network up to others and has often indicated an interest in just that, but with Tesla having invested millions in the network, it was reluctant to expand the use of its network without some sort of cost-sharing agreement. Now, Tesla has contacted Norway's Vestland county's governing body about getting access to incentives to open up charging stations. Tellingly, the government there only gives these incentives to charging stations that are open to all automakers.
Electrek has obtained the minutes of a council meeting and translated them from Norwegian for us. Herein, we find the council making mention of the conditions of incentives, before this excerpt: "In the application, Tesla describes the relevant charging stations will nevertheless be publicly available from the third quarter of 2022. The administration considers that the charging stations for which benefits have been applied for will then be eligible for the scheme, provided that the benefits paid out after Tesla opens the charging offer for all car brands no later than the end of September 2022."
We have not yet received reports of a similar thing happening in other countries, so don't get too excited just yet. It is quite possible that Tesla may only open Superchargers to other automakers in Norway for the time being, but we're holding our breath that the network will be widely accessible soon.