Tesla plans to extend its charging network to all electric vehicles, but drivers are divided.
Later this year, TESLA plans to offer its Supercharger network to all electric vehicle drivers.
There are currently approximately 600 Superchargers in the UK that are only available to Tesla owners. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, responded in a tweet to a user’s compliments for Tesla’s advancements in electric vehicle charging technology.
“We designed our own connector because there was no standard back then and Tesla was the sole manufacturer of long-range electric cars,” he said.
“It’s a single, thin connector that can handle both low and high power charging.
“However, later this year, we will offer our Supercharger network to other EVs.”
In a follow-up tweet, he confirmed that this would be implemented in all countries over time.
Those who own electric automobiles in the United Kingdom will be relieved to learn of this.
The government has plans in place to develop the electric charging network, with Ofgem pledging £300 million.
The money will go toward over 200 low-carbon projects, including the creation of 1,800 new ultra-rapid charging stations, according to the energy regulator.
This is in addition to the £40 billion already committed to renewable energy.
According to the most recent Zap-Map satisfaction survey, the Supercharger network has the highest rating among electric car drivers.
In a poll of 1,500 electric vehicle owners, Tesla’s network received the highest overall score of 4.8 out of five, beating out 16 other service providers.
A Supercharger can provide 200 miles of range to the latest Tesla Model S in just 15 minutes.
The concept has received a mixed reception online, with many Twitter users criticizing the billionaire for his decision.
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“Huge let down to current and potential @Tesla owners,” one Twitter user said. This just adds to the already heavy traffic at Superchargers, which are infrequently distributed save along the coasts.”
“In this situation, I can sell my Tesla and buy a German car,” another added (Audi, Porsche). The charging network’s benefit would be obliterated.
“As a result, I can accept a higher-quality vehicle and a more extensive service network. Leasing a business is even less expensive. It’s a huge blunder for future car sales.”
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