Tesla is about to change one of its most polarising features.
The company’s chief, Elon Musk, announced on Twitter the company would open its supercharging network to all electric vehicles later this year.
Tesla has been at the forefront of EV charging, building its own network of a reported 25,000 ultra fast chargers at more than 2500 locations globally on its own steam.
The company has built a supercharging highway in Australia that would allow owners to drive from Brisbane to Adelaide and is currently expanding it and adding more stops along the way.
Tesla’s latest superchargers can send up to 250kW of power to the battery, which can add hundreds of kilometres of range in half an hour.
Currently these superchargers are only available to Tesla electric vehicles that use a charging plug that is unique to Teslas. Teslas are able to use other charging networks.
Not everyone was happy with the news, Telsa owners vented their frustration on Twitter saying the move was a mistake and the exclusive charging network was on of Tesla’s big selling points.
Lack of fast charging infrastructure is one of the biggest hurdles electric car owners have to overcome. There has been little to no government investment and instead the work has fallen on private companies.
The NRMA in NSW and others such as Chargefox are expanding their networks of fast chargers in Australia.
The NRMA superchargers are free to use for all electric vehicle owners, but on a recent electric vehicle test by News Corp Australia we found the free NRMA charger occupied by a Tesla vehicle while the Tesla superchargers directly next to it were unoccupied.