16,000+ Tesla Chargers Open to Ford, Rivian: Official Statement

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16,000+ Tesla Chargers Open to Ford, Rivian: Official Statement

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that there are over 2,200 Tesla Supercharger locations in the U.S., housing close to 25,000 charging stalls. This network is rapidly expanding globally.

Recent updates have allowed Non-Tesla electric vehicle (EV) drivers to use these Superchargers, sparking discussions among users on X (formerly Twitter) about the accessibility of these charging stalls for other EV brands, given the mix of V2, V3, and V4 Supercharger stalls.

Rohan Patel, Tesla’s vice president of public policy and business development, clarified that over 16,000 charging stations are now available to Ford and Rivian owners. These owners can use an adapter to connect their vehicles’ CCS1 ports to Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connectors.

In the near future, most major automakers in the U.S. are expected to offer their customers access to Tesla’s Supercharger network. Rivian has advertised that R1T and R1S owners have access to over 15,000 Supercharger stalls through a NACS to CCS1 adapter, although not all Superchargers may be compatible with the adapter yet.

Patel noted that about 11,000 stalls remain exclusive to Tesla owners, with the majority being the older V2 model stalls.

Rohan Patel, Tesla’s Vice President of Public Policy and Business Development, indicated that upgrading older charging stations for use by non-Tesla vehicles would require significant investment and technical modifications. He suggested that a more effective strategy would be to concentrate on rapidly expanding the network with newer, more advanced Superchargers, which would feature larger stations and more charging stalls. Specifically, non-Tesla drivers will have access to the more modern and efficient V3 and V4 Superchargers.

In response to inquiries about Tesla’s plans for Level 2 (L2) chargers, which are slower than DC fast chargers but suitable for home or office use, Patel highlighted that expanding Tesla’s L2 charger network for commercial, workplace, and residential complexes is a top priority for the company. He mentioned that Tesla is continuously adding new charging stations, though the expansion is somewhat constrained by the lengthy process of connecting these stations to the utility grid, known as utility interconnection.

Utility interconnection involves several complex steps, including submitting an application, undergoing a technical review, and finally installing, commissioning, and maintaining the charging stations. This process, required for integrating public DC fast chargers into the electrical grid, is detailed and time-consuming, often slowing down the pace of new installations.

The expansion of Tesla’s Supercharger network to accommodate non-Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) marks a significant step towards improving the charging infrastructure for EV owners. This year, the shift towards a more inclusive charging experience gains momentum as numerous automakers have agreed to adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). Initially, non-Tesla EV owners will use NACS to CCS1 adapters to connect to the Superchargers, but starting next year, many new EV models will come equipped with NACS ports directly from the factory.

Tom Moloughney, an InsideEVs contributor, had the opportunity to test out Ford’s NACS adapter at a Tesla Supercharger with an F-150 Lightning, reporting a smooth charging process. Similarly, early testers charging Rivian vehicles at Superchargers have found the experience to be straightforward.

Despite these advancements, transitioning to broader Supercharger access is not without potential hurdles. Issues related to software and charger compatibility may emerge as more non-Tesla EVs start using these facilities. Nonetheless, the move towards a more unified charging standard and the inclusion of non-Tesla vehicles in the Supercharger network are seen as positive developments in the EV community, promising a more accessible and efficient charging experience for all.

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