Tesla Supercharger Access Delayed for GM, Polestar

Tesla Supercharger Access Delayed for GM, Polestar

The next batch of EV brands were slated to get access to Tesla’s charging network in ‘spring 2024,’ according to the Tesla website, but brand reps tell PCMag it’s not happening until later this year.

In the wake of Tesla laying off its entire Supercharger team, the timeline for connecting more non-Tesla brands to the charging network has slipped.

The Tesla website says Volvo, GM, and Polestar drivers will get access to 15,000 eligible stations in spring 2024, but GM and Polestar tell PCMag it won’t happen until later this year.

“The timeline has been adjusted to later this summer, but we don’t have further details to share at this time,” a Polestar rep says.

“Adapters will be made available to purchase through our GM vehicle brand apps later this year,” says Sanaz Marbley, director of global strategic technology communications at GM. “We believe this move is part of a more holistic strategy focused on delivering the best possible customer experience and look forward to releasing more details in future updates.”

The adapters will allow non-Tesla drivers to use Supercharger stations by converting the tip of the Supercharger charging cord from the Tesla-designed NACS port to the CCS port on other EVs. Rivian and Ford, which gained access to the Supercharger network earlier this year, are in the process of providing their drivers with adapters.

The Tesla layoffs, meanwhile, affected the entire 500-person Supercharging team. It was a puzzling move given the effort to expand access to the network. Bloomberg later reported that Tesla rehired some of the people it laid off, one of whom confirmed the move on LinkedIn.

George Bahadue, senior manager of site acquisition and business development for commercial charging at Tesla, wrote: “Charging is still one of the main blockers to EV adoption and there is much work to be done. Over the years, we have forged amazing site host relationships and I’m excited to get back to working with them to solve this.”

When PCMag reached out to GM immediately after the layoffs, Marbley said the company was “continuing to monitor the situation regarding changes to the Supercharger team and the potential impacts.” It appears there has been communication between Tesla and the brands since then.

All EV brands in the US were scheduled to get access to the Supercharger network by the end of this year or in 2025, though it seems that rollout could be delayed or adjusted.

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