Tesla has what’s considered the best overall charging network in North America. And now, more EV drivers will be able to access the Level 3 Superchargers – at least, in the US.
The White House issued a statement saying it had reached a deal with the American automaker to open up 7,500 charging stations to all electric vehicles by the end of next year. According to the release, “They will include at least 3,500 new and existing 250 kW Superchargers along highway corridors to expand freedom of travel for all EVs, and Level 2 Destination Charging at locations like hotels and restaurants in urban and rural locations. All EV drivers will be able to access these stations using the Tesla app or website.”
Telsa uses a proprietary charging connector it calls the North American Charging Standard, but almost every other EV uses a Combined Charging System (CCS) port, so the automaker will include an adapter at each participating station.
The White House also said Tesla had agreed to double its existing Superchargers in the US, where it currently has around 17,000 across the country. US President Joe Biden aims to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers, with the goal of having 50 per cent of all new car sales electric by 2030. The announcement comes days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with the Biden administration about the country’s charging infrastructure; there was no indication if Tesla will receive funding for the project.
With a new program under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Tesla could get access to some of the US$7.5 billion in funding for infrastructure only if the chargers are available to every electric vehicle.