Tesla Supercharge Tesla will have to open its Supercharger network to electric cars from other brands to qualify for federal funding, Reuters reported on Friday.
The Transportation Department is expected this week to detail standards for charging infrastructure for electric cars to qualify for $7.5 billion set aside in the Biden administration’s infrastructure law, which aims to create a national network of 500,000 chargers Tesla Supercharge.
Tesla Supercharge Tesla Charging (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)
The government is expected to require charging sites receiving a federal subsidy to have Combined Charging Standard (CCS) connections. That would force Tesla to expand its proprietary contacts to access that financing. Other standards are expected to focus on cybersecurity and American-made content in charging hardware Tesla Supercharge.
States have control over $5 billion of the federal EV charging network that is taking shape, spread over five years. That led many states to expand designated alternative fuel corridors, which originated under another federal program that predates the National Charging Network push but will likely sync with it, creating more fast-charging routes for road trips. All government plans for the funding were given the green light at the end of September 2022 Tesla Supercharge.
Tesla Charging (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)
A recent study suggested it will take 1,104 new/additional EV fast charging stations to meet the federal government’s 50-mile range target for each charging point on the proposed national network. Whether Tesla unlocks its Supercharger stations to become part of that number remains to be seen.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said back in July 2021 that Tesla would open its Supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs, but that hasn’t happened in the US and is only the case for a few smaller markets. And in a letter to the Federal Highway Administration last year, Tesla argued that its Supercharger stations should qualify for federal funding if they were co-located with CCS stations, which would allow the automaker to avoid installing CCS connectors on its own chargers Tesla Supercharge .