In the future, all electric car owners will be able to pay for high-speed charging via a public Tesla plug.
Tesla’s Supercharger network will eventually be opened to all electric car makes globally, the manufacturer has revealed – but it hasn’t announced when this will occur.
However, during a call with media and investors this morning, the company confirmed it was preparing to democratise the infrastructure.
“We do plan to provide third-party vehicle access all over the world, not just in Europe, where our original pilot was,” a senior Tesla executive told investors.
“We are working on solutions in North America, which is a little more problematic with our connector being different than others, but we are moving in that direction.”
Tesla has previously suggested it would not open its chargers in Australia, however the recent comments suggest the local network is destined to be made public – though no timeline has been given for when this will occur.
While all electric cars will be able to use Superchargers, it will not be free – and it’s unclear if non-Tesla vehicles will be charged a premium for the service.
Currently, Australian Supercharger pricing is set at 52 cents per kWh – or roughly $30 for a complete top up – following a 25 per cent increase in late 2020.
Despite this, public charging remains approximately 60 per cent cheaper than filling an equivalent petrol car by Drive’s estimation.
Further, surveys suggest public plugs are primarily used for long trips or emergencies – with 80 per cent of charging done at home.
Currently more than 40 Supercharger sites in Australia, primarily across Queensland, Victoria, and NSW. South Australia has three chargers, and Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT each have one – though there are none in the Northern Territory.
William Davis has written for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy. As the newest addition to the Drive team, William was brought onboard for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a diverse range of outlets – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer – since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.