Alternatively, they should have swallowed their pride and joined Tesla's Supercharger network.
Why not, they pay for it after all only partly serious ofc…
Then they would be at the mercy of Tesla.
This is one of those times in which continent-wide legislation with strict guidelines about compatibility, interoperability, and standardized plugs is a good idea. WIth any luck it gets adopted worldwide. Worst case scenario, we end up with a lesser version of the current power plug nonsense.
edit: stolen from reddit, what do we think of this? Sounds like good stuff to me, although I’m not sure of the effect on Norwegian electricity prices (ger dominated by taxes anyway and there’s nearly no dynamic tariffs anyway).
Tesla's supercharger network is just an illustration of the main point that @eizbaer and @gaasc also made: Charging infrastructure must not be tied with the car manufacturers. There has to be standardized plugs, and equal prices for every customer independent of what car they drive.
Of course you got a point saying that Tesla jumpstarted the whole thing, I admit that.
Didn’t the EU do that??Potentially you could use legislation to force Tesla to open up their Supercharger network. However, that may turn it into something like the Ionity-situation where Teslas charge for free/cheap, and they make it expensive for others to charge there.
Still, the fuel & retail business should be all over DC fast charging. I mean, compared to fossils who spend like five minutes there, people who stop for fast charging spends 20-40 minutes at the charger, giving you much more time to sell them fast food, which is what gas stations make most money from these days anyways. As shown in Tesla-Bjørn's video, Circle K is leading the pack here, but Shell-7/11 are also starting to offer fast chargers.