In a conference call last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned that BMW and the California-based automaker have met to discuss about electric cars and ways to partnership:
“For high-speed charging in particular, I think that’s a great area for commonality among manufacturers. In fact, the team from BMW was visiting Tesla last night. We talked about potential ways to collaborate, and one of them was on the Supercharging network. We’re more than happy to have other manufacturers use our Supercharging network and / or to build superchargers and install them, and then maybe have some sort of cross-use agreement.”
BMW of North America spokesman Kenn Sparks has confirmed the meeting. “Both companies are strongly committed to the success of electro-mobility and discussed how to further strengthen the development of electro-mobility on an international level,” he says.
Furthermore, other reports mention Nissan to be joining the same conversation. Nissan, BMW and Tesla are reportedly in discussions to cooperate on charging networks.
Musk also hinted that the talks might expand beyond the Supercharger network, the charging system that Tesla uses for its cars and which is incompatible with the standard used by effectively every other automaker. Many automakers are looking to remove the fragmentation on the market and offer their customers a unified charging network that could help with the adoption of electric vehicles.