KLATEN FLASH – Certain non-Tesla vehicles in China can now charge at selected Superchargers, Tesla said Tuesday (4/25). Expanded access will also be available at designated charging points, which are wall outlets located in public areas.
To begin with, 10 Supercharger stations in Beijing and Shanghai, as well as 120 charging stations in 25 provinces and cities, will be available for non-Tesla electric vehicles, according to Tesla.
This is the first time Tesla has opened a non-Tesla Supercharging EV test program in China, one of its largest markets, but the company continues to expand its network of more than 45,000 Superchargers worldwide. In February, the company doubled Supercharger access across America in response to President Joe Biden’s $7.5 billion electric charging initiative.
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Tesla also recently opened its network in parts of Europe. Historically, Tesla’s Supercharger network has used a proprietary connector that only fits Tesla vehicles. However, there are reports that the company has come up with a solution called Magic Dock, which makes it easier for non-Tesla cars to access their chargers.
Tesla operates more than 1,600 Supercharging stations in China as well as more than 700 destination charging stations. In mainland China, about 37 models will be able to use Tesla chargers, including cars from Aiways, BMW, Porsche, BYD, Dongfeng, Ford, Geely, Zeekr, Polestar, Nio, Volvo, XPeng and many others.
Drivers must download the Tesla app, create an account and select “Charge non-Tesla vehicles” to find and use nearby stations.