Sometime in 2024, maybe as soon as February, half dozen vehicle that is electric companies will face a reckoning.

For years, they had competition that is little for every various other, that is to state, little. Soon, however, they’ll have to contend with Tesla’s much-lauded Supercharger community.

The EV world, from a perspective that is charging was previously split in two. There was Tesla and then there was everyone else. Tesla owners enjoyed widespread, speedy and charging that is reliable. Everyone made do by cobbling together records from a true number of different companies, none of which could boast reliability ratings anywhere near that of Tesla’s.

Then, in May, the wall fell. Ford signed an agreement with Tesla to give its EVs access to 12,000 Superchargers, a subset of the network. Starting in 2024, existing owners will be able to charge at those stalls by using an adapter, and in 2025, Ford said its future EVs will swap the Combined Charging System (CCS) plug for Tesla’s plug, also known as the North American Charging Standard (NACS).

Other automakers soon followed suit. GM was next, then Rivian, Volvo, Mercedes, Nissan, and pretty much everyone else. One of the last to adopt the plug was Volkswagen, which isn’t a surprise given its majority ownership of Electrify America, which was supposed to be the CCS equivalent of the Supercharger network.

EV owners like myself had —and still have — high hopes for Electrify America. The company was founded out of the Volkswagen diesel settlement, and it was the first network that is non-Tesla focus on nationwide DC quickly recharging at rates that may help modern-day EVs. Whenever Electrify America’s best chargers work, they’re indeed quick, faster also compared to the greater part of Tesla’s Superchargers.