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Trevor Collett | Jun, 11 2014 | 1 Comment

Tesla is reportedly open to offering its growing supercharging network to electric vehicles from other carmakers, but there are some conditions attached.

Tech site Engadget reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed his company is keen to share its supercharging network with others at the carmaker’s Model S launch in the UK.

Musk stressed, however, that the deal was only open to carmakers who are willing to share in Tesla’s ‘free energy for life’ policy.

Tesla customers in the US currently enjoy unlimited use of the superchargers for the life of the car as part of the initial purchase price, and Musk reportedly said other carmakers who wish to use the chargers would need to follow suit.

Musk added that other carmakers would need to contribute to the cost of building and maintaining the superchargers, along with the cost of supplying energy for the sites.

The CEO says these costs aren’t exorbitant, as many superchargers are currently occupying land rent-free and generating energy through solar power.

The superchargers currently operate at 135kW, and rising, so other carmakers would need to ensure that their EVs can handle the high energy load.

On the subject of sharing patents with other carmakers to enable them to adopt the same charging points as Tesla, the company reportedly said the idea was being considered but is unconfirmed at this stage.

Pricing for the Tesla Model S in Australia was announced last month, and the EV-maker confirmed that a supercharging network is part of its plans in the local market.

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