EV charging networks jump on the Tesla bandwagon
What's happening: Several major charging networks, including EVgo and ChargePoint, have jumped on board, saying they'll support the Tesla connector, too.
- Notably missing: Electrify America, which so far isn't announcing a change. "We listen to our customers and continue to evaluate the market, including this development," the company said.
Why it matters: Having a universal charging standard — rather than one for Tesla and another for the rest of the EV industry — will make charging easier for consumers and accelerate EV adoption in the United States.
Yes, but: It's not just about adding a Tesla-style plug to existing infrastructure — which can be a little balky, as my husband and I discovered during our winter EV road trip.
- The networks will have to improve their reliability and add seamless software, too, in order to match the dependability of Tesla's Supercharger network.
Flashback: Last year Tesla opened its proprietary technology to others — relabeling it as the "North American Charging Standard" — and urged the rest of the industry to adopt it.
- It looks like that's starting to happen.