Tesla “Totally Cool” With Rivals Using Supercharger Network, Already In Talks With European Firm

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This past week, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO and founder Elon Musk has been in Europe where he helped inaugurate a final assembly plant for the Model S in the Dutch city of Tilburg and presented at a business council meeting in Germany alongside Sigmar Gabriel, the German Minister of Economy & Energy. It was during this presentation that he revealed Tesla was in talks with rival firms about the use of the company’s Supercharger network of rapid-charging stations.

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In the video above, filmed at the presentation, an audience member at the 48:00 mark asks Musk whether there are plans to provide other automakers, such as Porsche with a production of its recent Mission E electric sedan concept, with access to Tesla’s Supercharger network.

Musk replies that Tesla is “totally cool” with other firms using the Supercharger network and that firms wanting access will need to pay a sum proportionate to how much their customers use the network. He also confirms that one European firm, though not a German one, has already approached Tesla.

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Musk then goes on to reveal his true agenda of wanting governments to put a price on CO2 emitted by companies and their products, thus giving an advantage to firms like Tesla whose products don’t emit any CO2. He also mentions government subsidies as an alternative to a CO2 price, though states that he ultimately wishes to see the latter.

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