Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has reportedly started applying for government grants to secure funding to adapt its Boost Stations to support electric vehicles from other manufacturers. The automaker previously announced plans to open its charging stations to other electric vehicle brands, though it is making slow progress with the rollout, which is currently limited to Europe.
Tesla seeks grants to adapt superchargers
Citing “recent regulatory filings and other documents,” The Wall Street Journal reported that Tesla has begun applying for the billions of dollars in grants offered by the federal government to expand the nation’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure. For these charging stations to be eligible for the subsidy, they must be compatible with electric vehicles from several manufacturers.
The Journal reported only two funding requests from Tesla, the first of which has already been reported. Tesla has applied for funding from Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” settlement to expand its network of superchargers in Texas. However, he did not get any funding through this application.
Tesla also asked to build new superchargers in California, which would also be state subsidies. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tesla is expected to receive funding from the state of California for 17 different locations, including Barstow, Baker, Coalinga and Willows.
These funds would support the construction of public charging stations. If approved, funding would come from the California Energy Commission. The agency expects to approve the funding at the October meeting of its five commissioners.
What about the federal program?
While Tesla started getting state government grants, the automaker did nothing to apply for a federal grant. US lawmakers have approved a $7.5 billion infrastructure bill, which includes money for electric vehicle charging stations. However, funding for this bill is not expected to flow until the end of the year.
Tesla has long limited its boost stations to drivers of its own vehicles, but it recently adopted European CCS standards for electric vehicle chargers. Additionally, Electrek noted that Tesla’s superchargers in Europe are already equipped with CCS connectors, so it makes sense that Tesla would expand its charging network to include EVs from other manufacturers.
After equipping its Superchargers in Europe with CCS connectors, the only thing Tesla had to do was update the software to support non-Tesla vehicles. As a result, it was much easier for the manufacturer to adapt its boost stations in Europe to support other vehicles.
However, in North America, Tesla uses a proprietary connector for its Superchargers and vehicles. This prevents non-Tesla drivers from using its charging network while preventing Tesla drivers from using other networks for fast charging without purchasing a CHAdeMO or CCS adapter.
It’s unclear how Tesla will adapt its Supercharger stations in the US to support other vehicles, but CEO Elon Musk had previously suggested they would have an adapter in the stations for non-Tesla drivers to use. Earlier this year he suggested they would add CCS connectors to their stations.
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