Non-Tesla fast-charging stations that meet certain criteria within a 60-day period, such as an excellent charging success rate, can be whitelisted with what the company calls a “kit” qualified third-party chargers”. Once designated by Tesla, the station will therefore be endowed as such for Tesla’s integrated navigation system.
The program was first rolled out in Europe and Israel, regions where many Teslas and Superchargers share the same CCS2 charging ports used by other electric car manufacturers. This is because strong pro-consumer laws set forth by Europe force standardization of technology (even forcing giants like Apple to finally give up on Lightning). In North America, this is not the case, as Tesla has long used its own proprietary plug and even seek to promote it as a competitive standard.
So that makes the first requirement easy for regional stations that are starting to get Tesla’s blessing: they need to have at least one compatible charging connector for Tesla vehicles. Next, based on data from Tesla drivers, the station needs to be used at least every four days. Finally, the average charging success rate needs to be 90 percent or more.
This could be great news for Tesla owners who frequently pass by non-Tesla fast charging stations, as the car is capable of suggesting more options for the route and can even pre-set (start) the battery on the road to maximize the charging speed there. It could also help reduce heavy use of Tesla Supercharger stations, which are often lined with people waiting to be charged.
Tesla could also take away qualified status, it warned. If the charging station has no session activity or has a successful charge rate that drops below 70 percent in a 14-day period, it will lose its Qualified Third-Party Charger status. And for Tesla owners, it helps maintain Tesla as an authority on which charging stations are worth their time.