As in the United States, Tesla’s superchargers in Europe won’t work with non-Teslas. That’s unwise, say companies late to the meeting. Daimler and Bosch advise some sort of collaboration that befits all electric vehicles and spreads cost of the infrastructure. This is according to Automotive News, which neither sought a response from Tesla nor dug for any past comments from Tesla on the subject of compatability. I had to use the comments section to answer (unofficially, of course) for Tesla by posting Musk’s comments from last year in Autoblog Green:
Musk said he’s not against working with other automakers to make their EVs compatible. The batteries need to be built with Supercharging in mind, he said, and Tesla needed to “solve the problem of long-distance travel and we can’t wait for others to agree with our strategy. If we wait for some sort of consensus, it’s going to take too long. We just need to get going and other manufacturers can either copy us or join us.”
In other words, anyone can get a piggyback from Uncle Elon for the right price.
Daimler and Toyota are early Tesla investors. In fact, Musk credits a timely contract with Daimler for saving his company. Daimler still has a 4.3 percent stake in Telsa and uses Tesla batteries its B-Class subcompact. Toyota partnered with Tesla on the RAV EV, sold and serviced only in California.
However, it seems the overlap in thinking between Tesla and its “partners” is thin indeed. Toyota says it sees no market in fully-electric vehicles and is pursuing fuel cell instead, while Musk says fuel cells are bullshit. And now Daimler obviously feels like part of a One Child Left Behind program in Europe. Strange bedfellows.