Tesla is testing Superchargers equipped with the “magic dock” for non-Teslas in the US. A sign was seen placed next to the station indicating that non-Tesla charging would be initiated. For several months Tesla has been working on launching Superchargers for non-Teslas. It should be done in such a way as not to disrupt the development of the existing Supercharging network. The network has already reached far-off places and would play a huge role in electrification as the charging option increases.
The first clues were spotted within the Tesla app, showing what appears to be the ‘Magic Dock,’ which has been coined as the method non-Tesla EVs will use to utilise the Supercharger Network. Now, the first Magic Dock-equipped Supercharger was spotted by u/Fxsx24 on the r/TeslaMotors subreddit, and it even has a sign next to it advising non-Tesla users to scan a QR code to charge non-Tesla vehicles. Next to the Supercharger, the sign reads: “Scan for instructions to charge a non-Tesla.” It appears Tesla was even testing the Magic Dock with a Rivian R1T.
While this may not be the first Magic Dock-equipped Supercharger to be installed, it is the first one spotted by the public, and it isn’t in California or Texas, where many would think Tesla would roll out the first. Instead, it was spotted in Verone, New York, and is a V3 Supercharger with speeds of up to 250 kW. Tesla hasn’t unveiled any specific plan for how it would open its Supercharger Network in the United States to other EVs. However, the company confirmed in mid-February that it would more than double its fleet of Superchargers by 2024 and that “select Tesla Superchargers across the U.S. will soon be open to all EVs.”
In July 2022, the White House stated that Tesla would be developing “new Supercharger equipment that will enable non-Tesla EV drivers in North America to use Tesla Superchargers.” This was the first indication that Tesla was planning to open up its Network in the near future to other EVs. Estimates from S&P Global Mobility suggest that over 16,800 Tesla Superchargers and Destination Chargers are across the United States. These complement the estimated 126,500 Level 2 and 20,431 Level 3 charging stations in the country today. Having Tesla double its number of Superchargers by the end of 2024 would go a long way toward helping the United States build a reliable electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This would be especially important considering the Biden administration’s focus on supporting sustainable transportation.