Tesla‘s recent decision to open up its Supercharger network to other Electric vehicles (EVs) has been welcomed by the industry as a major step in the right direction. However, with any new technology comes a few challenges. EV boosters and influencers have been testing out the system and have encountered a few issues that need to be addressed.
The main challenge is the fact that Tesla‘s Superchargers were designed for Teslas, which all have their charging ports in the aft port corner. Other EVs have their charging ports in different places, making it difficult for the cable to reach. There have also been stories about the cables not being long enough, resulting in drivers having to park across more than one space. To solve this issue, Tesla is currently working on making the cables longer.
Another potential issue is Tesla‘s requirement that drivers use its branded app. This could run afoul of state and federal regulations that mandate open access. Tesla currently offers a $12.99-per-month Supercharging membership that offers a discount on charging sessions, which may not be allowed under the new regulations.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law mandates a number of consumer-protection standards for federally-funded EV chargers. One of these is that drivers must not be required to use multiple apps and accounts to charge. Tesla will need to find a way to comply with these regulations in order to be eligible for federal funding.
Tesla‘s Supercharger network is an important development in the industry, and it will be interesting to see how the company overcomes the challenges that come with it. With Tesla‘s experience in Europe and its commitment to consumer protection, it’s likely that the company will find a way to make the new system work.