Tesla has already opened up their Supercharger network to owners of other electric vehicles (EVs) in more than one dozen countries in Europe, and is expected to do the same in the US this year. In what looks like a blunder, Tesla appears to have accidentally revealed one of the first Superchargers with CCS compatibility will be in Hawthorne, California, and shown the Magic Dock for the very first time.
When Tesla launched the non-Tesla Supercharger Pilot program, the company added a filter to its ‘Find Us’ map in Europe to display Superchargers open to non-Tesla vehicles. On Friday night that same filter was added for the US map. Using the filter revealed just one Supercharger, and that was the one in Hawthorne, just around the corner from the company’s Design Studio. (h/t: @haydensawyer14)
Our friends at Teslascope were nearby and able to check it out soon after it was discovered, but unfortunately there was no sign of the Magic Dock, a CCS adapter device which Drive Tesla reported exclusively about last year. However a closer look within the mobile app revealed Tesla could be preparing to retrofit and add the Magic Dock very soon.
Along with adding the filter to the map on their website, Tesla also added Hawthorne as an option under the ‘Charge your Non-Tesla’ menu in the mobile app. Going through the process to the point where you select the stall, Tesla shared an image the Magic Dock for the first time, as seen in the image below saved and shared by Branden Flasch. (@brandenflasch). The image is a little dark in the app but we edited it to make the Magic Dock more visible, and it matches the design that was shared with us last year.
You can read more about the Magic Dock and how it works here. Both the filter and this image have now been removed from the website and mobile app.
Based on these two accidental reveals, we believe Tesla will open up their Supercharger network to other EVs in the US very soon. It is likely that the first station to be retrofitted with the Magic Dock will be this one in Hawthorne as it is just steps away from Tesla’s Design Studio.
From what we have been told, and from what we can see in the image above, the process to retrofit an existing Supercharger and add the Magic Dock is relatively simple, so the process to perform this in Hawthorne could take less than one day, depending if Tesla decides to add it to only some or all 20 stalls at this location.
If you are near the Hawthorne Supercharger definitely keep an eye out over the next few weeks for any work being done at the station, as it will probably be crews adding the Magic Dock. If you spot anything let us know at email@example.com or tag us on Twitter (@driveteslaca).