Tesla has finally begun to provide non-Tesla electric vehicle owners in the US with access to some Supercharger stations, and it has detailed the process.
Tesla has been employing the North American Charging Standard, a stylish and user-friendly proprietary charging plug, in North America (NACS). Regrettably, the remainder of the car industry seems to favor sticking with the large Combined Charging System (CCS1) plug and choosing to go against a user-friendly experience. Tesla designed a new charging plug docking case with a tiny integrated, self-locking NACS-CCS1 adaptor so that it may be used with existing Tesla Superchargers to charge cars using CCS ports. The charging procedure for Tesla drivers is unchanged.
The NACS plug is still easily removed from the dock, plugged in, and charging and invoicing are taken care of automatically. The Tesla app must be used to start the charging session for non-Tesla users, and the adapter is then released by the stall. It appears to be a smooth process.
When you go to the Tesla Supercharger location, park in accordance with where the cable is, then start the charging session using the app. Choose the post number located at the bottom of the Supercharger stall by tapping the “Charge Here” button in the app. Then, gently push up and pull out the plug with the adapter attached. The charging rate you receive from a Tesla V3 Supercharger depends on your EV’s capabilities, although it can give up to a 250-kW charging rate for Tesla EVs.
Here’s an article from Motortrend where they tested different electric vehicles on Tesla Superchargers. Their general consensus is that the technology looks promising, but that there are still some problems left to be solved before regular non-Tesla owners can fast-charge their vehicles easily.
Here’s a quick video from Tesla on how non-Tesla owners can use the Supercharger network: