Tesla will soon open up its Supercharger network in the US to all electric vehicle (EV) owners. The announcement comes after the automaker worked with the White House, also committing to more than double the size of its charging network in the US by the end of 2024.
For over a year Tesla has been running a non-Tesla Supercharger pilot program across Europe, a program which has now expanded to include over a dozen countries. The pilot program was easier to launch in Europe than in North America as Tesla uses the CCS charging standard on their vehicles there, compared to the formerly proprietary connector, now known as the North American Charging Standard (NACS) in the US.
Tesla now appears ready to do the same in the US with the Magic Dock, a device which Drive Tesla reported exclusively on last year and which recently leaked in the mobile app. The device integrates a CCS adapter into existing Supercharger stalls, allowing for a quick, easy and more importantly cheap retrofit for Tesla to make their network available to all EVs.
It was important for Tesla to add this Magic Dock and open up its Supercharger network to other EVs as that was one of the requirements in order to be eligible for the up to $7.5 billion the US government had set aside to expand the public EV charging network across the country.
Today the White House confirmed that Tesla will be doing that, announcing in a Fact Sheet that Tesla will make at least 7,500 chargers on both the Supercharger and Destination charging networks available to all EVs by the end of 2024. In addition the White House says Tesla will double the size of its Supercharger network in the US, but did not provide a date for when that would happen by.
“Tesla, for the first time, will open a portion of its U.S. Supercharger and Destination Charger network to non-Tesla EVs, making at least 7,500 chargers available for all EVs by the end of 2024. The open chargers will be distributed across the United States. They will include at least 3,500 new and existing 250 kW Superchargers along highway corridors to expand freedom of travel for all EVs, and Level 2 Destination Charging at locations like hotels and restaurants in urban and rural locations. All EV drivers will be able to access these stations using the Tesla app or website. Additionally, Tesla will more than double its full nationwide network of Superchargers, manufactured in Buffalo, New York.”
Tesla later confirmed on Twitter that doubling the size of the network will also happen by the end of the 2024. According to supercharge.info there are currently 1,666 Supercharger stations open in the US.
Our US network will more than double by the end of 2024 to support our growing Tesla fleet and new EV customers
— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) February 15, 2023
Based on the wording of both the White House fact sheet and the tweet above it looks like Canadians Superchargers won’t be receiving the Magic Dock at the same time as the US.
For an idea on how the Magic Dock will work, check out this animation that Twitter user Owen Sparks (@OwenSparks_) created using information from our reporting.
EXPLAINED: Tesla Magic Dock ⚡️
Magic Dock is how all electric vehicles will be able to utilize the Tesla Supercharging Network, the most reliable charging network in North America, with just one cable.
This is how it works:
For Teslas: The experience is the same, the cable… https://t.co/831eXBo6yb pic.twitter.com/FNUKuHfrlN
— Owen Sparks (@OwenSparks_) February 11, 2023