Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company plans to open its battery charging network for other producers’ cars later this year.
The fast-charging network gives a huge competitive advantage to the electric car product, as Tesla has more than 25,000 ultra-fast charging units worldwide. In turn, other automakers have forged alliances or invested in charging network start-ups amid a frantic push to bring new electric cars to market.
“We will make our ultra-fast charging network open to other electric vehicles later this year,” Musk said on Twitter, adding that the network would gradually become available to other electric vehicles in all countries.
The German transport minister said last month that he was trying to persuade Tesla to take a similar move to make charging easier for electric vehicle drivers.
In the United States, the administration of President Joe Biden last month approved a bipartisan agreement in the Senate to spend $1.2 trillion on infrastructure projects, including $7.5 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure, which includes battery charging stations.
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