Tesla Opens Superchargers To Non-Teslas

Tue 2nd Nov 2021

One of the great things about owning a Tesla is that you have your own network of electric charge Superchargers exclusively available for the use of Tesla owners only - however that perk may soon be about to disappear.

Tesla own 25,000 dedicated Superchargers globally, and have now made 10 of those charging stations available to drivers of other EV brands, and while the pilot scheme in Holland may seem like a token effort, it could be the start of a larger plan.

“Access to an extensive, convenient and reliable fast-charging network is critical for large-scale EV adoption. That’s why, since opening our first Superchargers in 2012, we have been committed to rapid expansion of the network. Today, we have more than 25,000 Superchargers worldwide,” said a Tesla statement.

“With this pilot, 10 stations are now accessible to Dutch Non-Tesla EV drivers via the Tesla app (version 4.2.3 or higher). Tesla drivers can continue to use these stations as they always have, and we will be closely monitoring each site for congestion and listening to customers about their experiences.

“It’s always been our ambition to open the Supercharger network to Non-Tesla EVs, and by doing so, encourage more drivers to go electric. This move directly supports our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Whilst Elon Musk may signal that this is a great cooperative move by Tesla, it is more likely that regulators in many countries may be forcing manufacturers to open up their networks in order to create more universal access for all EV owners.

The pilot in the Netherlands will see drivers able to access the Tesla network so long as they have the Tesla app and a CCS charging plug. Non-Tesla drivers will have to pay higher fees to access the charging stations.