Tesla Opens up Its EV Charging Connector to the World

Tesla opens its charging connector to other manufacturers

Tesla removed all patents in the lobby of its Palo Alto headquarters, prompting Elon Musk to explain in a blog post: “They were removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of technology electric vehicles”. The post is from 2014; he continued, “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transportation.” This policy has been maintained, but some designs were not intended for public consumption, including its industry-leading charging connector – until now.

A new post on Tesla’s website reiterates Musk’s words from eight years ago. “In pursuit of our mission to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, today we open our EV connector design to the world,” the company says. “We invite charging network operators and automakers to install the Tesla Charging Connector and Port, now called the North American Charging Standard (NACS), on their equipment and vehicles.”

Strategy game

It’s a generous gesture but also an intelligent and strategic game. There is no doubt that electric vehicles are here to stay. The question is, what will be the nozzle on the fuel pump of the future? As more private companies get into the electric vehicle charging game, this move makes it easy for them to add the Tesla Connector to their gear. Tesla has already had discussions with some of these companies. The message states that “network operators already have plans underway to integrate NACS into their chargers, so Tesla owners can expect to charge on other networks without adapters.

The company says its connector, the NACS, is the most common charging standard in North America. Tesla says, “NACS vehicles outnumber CCS twice, and Tesla’s supercharging network has 60% more NACS stations than all CCS-equipped networks combined. Electric vehicle owners who do not have NACS will have fewer options for charging. Automakers are already rushing to get into the EV game, and they don’t need to try to catch up with Tesla’s already well-established charging network either. Tesla says, “We look forward to future electric vehicles incorporating NACS design and charging on Tesla’s North American supercharging and destination charging networks.”

It’s ingenious to drop the Tesla brand and name it the North American charging standard. It will be much easier for competing brands to swallow their pride and use superior technology. The system is the most tested EV charger in the world, and the company reports that it has “20 billion EV charging miles to its name”. It’s also far better than the Combined Charging System (CCS 1), delivering twice the power in half the size.

A petition to the United States House of Representatives was launched in July 2022, calling for the Tesla Connector to be the charging standard for the United States. A solar-powered car company named Aptera is behind the Change.org petition which has over 40,000 signatures. It contains links to reports showing that the Tesla Connector wins in every category tested.

While CCS 2 has become the charging standard in Europe, the market is wide open in North America where the CCS 1 connector has not yet taken off.

There is a comment on the Change.org website worth noting. Eric Stewart posted, “The Tesla Connector is what engineers would choose if politics didn’t do those ego things.” Now, if NACS is not the norm, it will be clear that Stewart is right.

Wait times for a Tesla have been drastically reduced

Just in time for Christmas, Tesla’s wait times are dramatically shorter. The Model S or Model X Plaid have estimated delivery dates of November through December, as do the Performance variants of the Model 3 and Model Y. So there’s plenty of time for Santa to drop one in the aisle. with a big bow. Not only that, but several regions also have Model Ys and Model 3s available now.

That’s in stark contrast to a few months ago, when some buyers reported wait times of up to a year. This new situation can be seen in two ways. Tesla got much better production times to reduce those wait times, or slowed demand for vehicles.

Pulling together the company’s headlines from the past year and you spot a few themes, production has ramped up, there’s now an abundance of batteries, and shipping bottlenecks appear to be resolved. The Model Y, which Elon Musk predicts will be the world’s best-selling vehicle in 2023, has been the focus of the Gigafactory in Texas. On October 30, the the company tweeted Giga Texas had produced 20,000 Model Ys. The tweet came just 43 days after announcing that the factory had reached 10,000.

In September, Tesla’s vice president of investor relations made a private presentation to Goldman Sachs. Martin Viecha was quoted by the Business Intern saying, “For the first time I can remember, we can access all the supplies we need for both businesses.” Companies are vehicles and Powerwalls. So getting the most crucial component of an electric car is not a problem.

However, a drop in demand for several months to just a few weeks could also indicate a drop in orders. The reigning king of the electric vehicle space has had a lot more company over the past year. Every automaker around the world has tripped over themselves announcing electric vehicles. Tesla was ten years ahead of the competition, which began just after the first Model S was delivered in 2012. Now consumers have more choices, and some brand loyalists can go electric and still stay with this same brand. While Tesla creates the best electric cars on Earth, they only have four models to choose from, which may not meet everyone’s needs.

Tesla also recently stopped allowing buyers to pause an order when it’s their turn to complete the purchase. You. You used to be able to postpone orders, but now you’re limited to a one-time hold of up to seven days. At this point, you will need to proceed with the purchase or give up your place in the queue.

This Tesla policy change may also have played a role in reducing wait times.

Another factor that could play a role is the new US tax credit that begins in 2023. Many reservation holders may defer orders or cancel them in order to qualify for the next tax credit.

While most vehicles are available within weeks, the long-range Model 3 is still not available to order. However, the website says it will be available in 2023. Keep in mind that this doesn’t include the Cybertruck, which will start shipping next year. These wait times have been long.

Tesla has added 3D models of the Tesla Semi to its app

An update to the Tesla app is available in store. While 4.14.3 doesn’t seem to have much of an impact on current Tesla owners, there are some significant additions that bring the Semi and Cybertruck a little closer to the real thing.

twitter user @Tesla_App_iOS, tweeted several updated app assets. This account monitors the App Store for Tesla app updates.

For those unfamiliar with the language of code, decompiling means reverse engineering the code so that it is easily understood by humans. This process produced a lot of wow upon seeing the Semi. It is already well known that the first batch of Semis will be delivered to Pepsi on December 1st. We are now seeing assets appearing in this app update.

Although it has been widely speculated, these new assets confirm that the Semi will take advantage of the same Tesla application that Tesla owners use today, although it is supposed to have capabilities unique to the semi.

These newly discovered 3D models are expected to be used in the visualization of the Semi at the top of the application in addition to other areas such as climate and controls.

Tesla’s 3D models are highly detailed and reveal additional details about the upcoming vehicle.

In the 3D model, a huge sun visor can be seen, which will be necessary given the extra-large windows. The driver’s seat is also placed in the middle of the cabin, which means that the visor will have to cover the entire length of the windshield. There are components in the cockpit, including a wireless charger.

Another Twitter user, @olympusdev_, was able to show the 3D assets in detail showing the door opening in the opposite direction, as well as the large frunk. There are also 3D renderings of the cockpit.

Meanwhile, Cybertruck is still set for mid-2023. However, it’s a positive sign to see it start appearing in the updated app. It’s called the Model C. Of course, “C” is for Cybertruck, while the Model T has been reserved for the Semi “Truck” because S is already assigned to the iconic car that started it all.

It’s another sign that Tesla’s third phase is well underway, and soon Semi (everything we know about the Semi) and Cybertrucks will be commonly spotted on the roads and not just in app code.

The Tesla 4.14.3 app is now available on the Apple AppStore and is expected to be available soon on the Google PlayStore.

Enjoy these images of the Semi below that @olympusdev_ was able to render from the updated app assets.

Tesla has added 3D models of the Tesla Semi to its app
Tesla has added 3D models of the Tesla Semi to its app
Tesla has added 3D models of the Tesla Semi to its app
Tesla has added 3D models of the Tesla Semi to its app
Tesla has added 3D models of the Tesla Semi to its app

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