Tesla is in the midst of building its own empire. How? By opening their supercharging stations to makers of other electric cars.
By opening their supercharging plug-in stations to other car manufacturers, Tesla will have the upper hand in technology, branding and profits.
Elon Musk is willing to share the technology behind the superchargers as long as the other car manufacturers follow a few simple rules.
Firstly, the car manufactures must offer free electric charging and not have it as an add on and they would also have to pay towards maintenance costs.
Musk promises that maintenance is relatively cheap due to the fact that most businesses allow the stations to be installed rent free because they attract a particular type of clientele.
While some are suggesting that Musk is willing to “share with his competition” really the move by Musk is a strategic one.
Car manufactures that offer electric models now have a seemingly easy, consumer friendly source to charge their vehicles without having to fund the entire project themselves however, while it may be an easy fix, in the long run it is going to allow Tesla to dominate the market.
One thing is for sure, this is definitely a good move for the electric car industry.