BMW, Tesla Discuss Future of EV Charging Stations

By | June 13, 2014
BMW and Tesla reportedly met this week to talk about creating a wider network of public charging stations. Tesla is already developing its Supercharger network, a series of stations that can charge cars halfway in as little as 20 minutes. This network will cover almost 100 percent of the U.S. by 2015, but the chargers are currently only compatible with Tesla cars. According to new reports, BMW and Tesla discussed a network of fast-charging stations that can be used on different types of electric cars. This plan may even involve adapting Tesla's existing Supercharging stations for a number of other vehicles. Elon Musk confirmed in a conference call that the two companies were discussing the use of EVs and how to make better use of Tesla's network of Superchargers. Tesla's charger system can be fitted with an adapter that allows cars to be charged on both SAE standardized fast-charging connectors and its own charging system.
"Both companies are strongly committed to the success of electro-mobility and discussed how to further strengthen the development of electro-mobility on an international level," a BMW spokesman said in a statement on Friday, according to Reuters. It looks like Tesla is in a sharing mood lately, all in an effort to promote the quicker expansion of EV technology. The announcement comes as Tesla decides to share its patented technology with other companies. This includes all of Tesla's current and future patents. Source: Reuters