How to Charge Your Non-Tesla EV at a Tesla Supercharger
The expanding network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations has made it easier for EV owners to travel long distances without worrying about where they’ll recharge their cars. A significant player in this industry is Tesla, known for its extensive Supercharger network. Although these charging stations are primarily available to Tesla owners, good news for non-Tesla EV owners: it’s now possible to charge your car at a Tesla Supercharger.
This article will guide you through the process of charging your non-Tesla EV at a Tesla Supercharger.
Step 1: Ensure Compatibility
Before heading to a Tesla Supercharger with a non-Tesla EV, make sure that your electric vehicle is CCS (Combined Charging System) compatible. This system combines AC and DC charging capabilities into a single port and is widely adopted by most modern EVs.
Step 2: Locate a Supercharger with CCS Adapters
Tesla has begun adding CCS adapters to some of their Superchargers, which makes it possible for non-Tesla EVs to be charged at these stations. Locate a Tesla Supercharger station that offers CCS adapters by using the in-dash navigation system of your car, smartphone apps such as PlugShare or ChargeHub, or visiting Tesla’s website.
Step 3: Create a Tesla Account
To charge your non-Tesla EV at a Tesla Supercharger, you need to create a Tesla account first. Visit the company’s website, provide your required personal information along with valid payment information, and successfully create an account.
Step 4: Initiate the Charging Process
Once you have found the right station and have created your Tesla account:
1. Park your vehicle close enough to allow the charging cable to reach your car’s charging port.
2. Retrieve the CCS adapter from the charging station and connect it to the Supercharger cable.
3. Plug the charging cable into your vehicle’s charging port, making sure it’s securely connected.
4. Swipe any applicable membership cards or use pay-as-you-go methods available at the Supercharger.
5. Follow instructions on the Supercharger’s screen, which should include selecting your non-Tesla vehicle.
6. Begin charging by initiating the process via the Tesla app or the interface on the charging station’s screen.
Step 5: Track Your Charging Progress and Payment
You can monitor your charging progress either from the Tesla Supercharger screen or through the Tesla app if you have it installed on your smartphone. Additionally, keep track of your charging cost and history on your Tesla account.
Step 6: Unplug and Go
Once your car has reached its desired state of charge or completed:
1. Stop the charging process using either the Tesla app or the Supercharger’s screen.
2. Open your non-Tesla electric vehicle’s charging port, unplug the charging cable carefully, and secure it back to the Supercharger.
3. Remove the CCS adapter from the Supercharger cable and return it to its designated storage area within the charging station.
By following these steps, you can conveniently charge your non-Tesla EV at a Tesla Supercharger station and benefit from their extensive network while traveling long distances.