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As a non-EV owner I'm out of the loop on this but assume any adapter would not work at a Tesla supercharger location......

Also, what's the etiquette at a Tesla destination charger if a non-Tesla is charging and a Tesla pulls up in need of a charge.....

As a Tesla and Leaf owner...

Yep, nothing but Tesla equipment will work at a Supercharger since there is communication happening to identify the car, billing in the background, etc. I have seen some examples of people using wrecked Tesla hardware in another vehicle at a Supercharger, but that's rare and is still Tesla equipment even if it's stuffed in another vehicle.

The destination chargers are a different animal since we're talking L2 AC charging vs L3 DC charging at a Supercharger. Since the destination chargers aren't doing any of the vehicle authentication stuff any vehicle with a proper adapter could connect and the host business is picking up the electric tab. Personally, I don't see a problem with another EV charging at a Tesla destination charger if they have the adapter, but I would defer to a Tesla owner if they needed to use it and I was in a non-Tesla vehicle. Depending on the power supplied to the destination charger vs a J1772, I can see why a Tesla owner could prefer the J1772. Some EVs will max out the on-board charger, so it won't matter how much power the EVSE has to offer, but Teslas and newer EVs can take higher L2 charging rates so you want to use whichever offers the highest rating that your vehicle can utilize. Give me a 40A L2 vs a 16A L2 any day whatever the flavor of the EVSE.

I only charge the Leaf at home and I've only used Superchargers on trips, so it really hasn't come up for me.
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