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Tesla Opens Supercharger Network to Non-Tesla EVs

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It wasn’t too long ago that Tesla revealed it was opening up its Supercharger electric-vehicle charging network to all EVs in a bid to enhance the adoption of electrification in the automotive landscape. With some Supercharger locations now open to non-Tesla EVs in New York and California, the automaker has shared more details about how the process works for owners of these vehicles.

Related: Tesla to Open Charging Network to All EVs Following New Federal Regs

How to Charge a Non-Tesla Electric Car at a Supercharger

To charge a non-Tesla EV at a Supercharger, owners must download the Tesla app, create an account and add a payment method. They can then charge at a Supercharger that’s equipped with a Magic Dock, which allows connection to non-Tesla vehicles; the app will show users which stations are available. Tesla states it might take up to two minutes for the vehicle to start charging, possibly due to the charger having to communicate with the car through the app instead of directly like it can on Tesla models. Two different payment options are available for non-Tesla EV owners: They can either pay per charge or sign up for what’s reportedly a $12.99 monthly membership to charge at a reduced rate.

Currently, the Tesla app shows Supercharger locations only in New York and California that allow charging for non-Tesla EVs, but the automaker has stated its goal is to eventually accommodate all EVs at Superchargers worldwide.

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