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Tesla to Allow Other EVs to Use Its Superchargers

By Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 07/29/2021 - 12:35

Elon Musk said he would open Tesla's supercharging network to other EVs in a tweet: "We are making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year." Tesla has over 500 charging-on-destination points in Mexico and 20 superchargers, with more to come. This move would greatly increase Mexico’s EV charging infrastructure.

At this point, Tesla uses its own proprietary connectors and charging points. "We created our own connector, as there was no standard back then & Tesla was only maker of long-range electric cars. It's one fairly slim connector for both low & high-power charging," Musk also tweeted. It is unclear of what measures the company will implement to open its charging stations to other vehicles.

Tesla has made significant investments in electrifying Mexican transportation. Just recently the company chose Merida for its fourth showroom in the country, taking the city by surprise. Tesla currently has three showrooms, one in Guadalajara and two in Mexico City, as well as a service center in the Monterrey Metropolitan area.

While EVs are only starting to penetrate the Mexican market, many companies are already investing in providing charging solutions. E-Drive, the leading company in installing charging infrastructure for EVs as it claims to have installed and operates eight out of every 10 EV chargers in the country, told MBN that " In 2020, we increased the number of charging points connected to our platform by 200 percent." In early 2020, the company told MBN that it had installed between 1,500 and 1,600 chargers in 2018-2019. Since its foundation, the company has installed more than 7,000 chargers in the country.

Elias Massri, CEO of Giant Motors, the Mexican company manufacturing JAC's ICE and EV models in the country, said that some parts of Mexico City have indeed more charging stations than gasoline stations. "Customers should know that Mexico City has the largest number of electric vehicle chargers per vehicle in the world. Furthermore, cars with 350km or 400km of autonomy can be fully charged overnight. These vehicles also enjoy preferential parking and their use results in a lower energy consumption-base tariff. The barrier to their adoption is cultural and that requires an education strategy," he told to MBN.

There are more efforts toward expanding Mexico's charging infrastructure. BMW Group and Nissan celebrated the sixth year anniversary of their joint investment of more than US$4.95 million in the installation of over 700 charging stations throughout the country.

Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid light vehicles have consistently increased their share in Mexico’s sales, going from 0.5 percent in 2016 to above 2.5 percent in 2020. Despite the pandemic, plug-in hybrids and EV sales have increased year-on-year uninterruptedly.

 

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Alejandro Enríquez Alejandro Enríquez Journalist and Industry Analyst