The US White House confirmed on Friday that Tesla will open its Supercharger network across the US to owners of electric vehicles from other, non-Tesla manufacturers.
The lack of a robust charging network is one of the most serious obstacles to widespread EV adoption. It's a move that will provide thousands more places for motorists to plug in.
With more than 1,400 Supercharger stations and 7,000 charger ports, Tesla operates the largest network in the country. But it's only available to Tesla owners.
Industry analysts said opening access is something that should help encourage more Americans to switch to battery power.
Tesla has already opened Supercharger stations to any EV owner in many parts of Europe. It indicated plans to do the same in the US.
The White House confirmed the plan, saying, Later this year, Tesla will begin production of new Supercharger equipment that will enable non-Tesla EV drivers in North America to use Tesla Superchargers
This should generate additional revenue for the company.But it would give Tesla access to some of the $5 billion pool it set up for nationwide EV charging infrastructure approved by Congress last year
The number of public chargers has been growing rapidly over the past several years as Tesla has set the pace.
However, Tesla owners on social media have made frequent complaints about increased traffic at Supercharger stations, with motorists sometimes waiting an hour or more to plug in.