Tesla is working on a new Supercharger subscription to offer non-Tesla EV owners as it prepares to open its Supercharger network in the US.
After opening up the network in Europe where Superchargers use the standard CCS plug, Tesla is now preparing to open up the network in North America by introducing a new CCS adapter for non-Tesla EV owners.
The move is expected by the end of the year and requires opening up the network to gain access to new federal funds to accelerate the deployment of EV charging stations.
The idea of opening up the Supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs is somewhat controversial in the Tesla community because the network, which is much larger than any other fast-charging network in the US, is one of the biggest benefits of running a Tesla, but it has It already gets crowded at times and adding more EVs to it won’t help that problem.
Tesla is still working on the rollout of its plan to open up the network to other EVs, and we got a glimpse of it last night as Tesla allowed people in the US to sign up for Supercharger subscriptions in the country:
Tesla quickly removed the option from the app, which was probably released prematurely because it still doesn’t have any stations open to non-Tesla EVs in the US.
The $0.99 subscription is also not likely to be the final price and was just a placeholder in the unfinished version of the Supercharger subscription in the app.
However, the concept of a “pay per use” model and a subscription where the cost per kWh is low is probably something Tesla is actually working on, and that’s why it popped up in the app.
My impression is that Tesla is going to charge a higher price per kWh for non-Tesla EV owners on the pay-per-use model, and the Supercharger subscription is going to cost them the same price as Tesla owners, who won’t have to pay a subscription.
I estimate that the subscription will cost between $5 and $10 per month.
Depending on whether Tesla releases a CCS adapter that non-Tesla EV owners can purchase or if it deploys them at stations because it personally opens them up to the public, I’d probably hold off on subscriptions. I will because it may take some time. Significant value from the network.
But we’ll have to wait for more details on the plan, which Tesla hasn’t clarified yet.
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