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Musk to share Supercharger with auto industry

A row of new Tesla superchargers outside the company's factory in Fremont, Calif.
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A row of new Tesla superchargers outside the company's factory in Fremont, Calif.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk plans to encourage standardized electrical car specifications by opening the company's Supercharger system to other automakers.

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Engadget reported that he announced his intentions to release the technology at the launch of Tesla's Model S on Sunday. Musk had hinted that he would "do something controversial" with Tesla's technology patents, Engadget wrote.

Opening access to the Supercharger fits into Musk's vision of preventing the Supercharger from becoming a "walled garden," Engadget said. The Supercharger, akin to a gas station, allows Tesla owners to charge half the car's battery life in about 20 minutes.

— By CNBC.com staff

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