Tesla has opened up more of its Supercharger network in Europe for EVs of other brands by adding Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Finland to the list at the beginning of the holiday season. After a pilot project in the Netherlands, Norway, France, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and the UK were already released.
Tesla announced last year it would open up parts of its charging infrastructure to all users if capacity is sufficient. This initially led to a pilot project in the Netherlands and Norway. The main objective was to determine whether Tesla drivers would oppose the potentially longer waiting times for a charge.
No complaints so far
No complaints were heard, so today, Tesla is taking the next step by introducing this approach in many more countries. Tesla has been building its charging network since 2013 because, at the time, this was the only way to make traveling with a Tesla possible.
Today, Tesla has about 8 000 charging stations in Europe at 750 strategic locations, most of which are set up on or near major traffic axes. Worldwide, the Tesla Supercharger network counts around 35 000 stations.
Fourteen unlocked in Germany
After the pilot with ten Dutch stations in November last year, Tesla opened up most of its Superchargers in the Netherlands to non-Tesla EV drivers with a CCS connector and the Tesla app. It also started gradually opening charging for third parties in Norway and France.
In Germany, Tesla ‘unlocked’ 14 Superstation locations, mainly in the western and southern parts of the country, with only one in former East Germany. For non-Tesla drivers, prices are higher than for loyal brand owners. In Germany, the latter pay between 56 and 58 cents per kilowatt-hour, while the tariff for non-Tesla EVs is 70 cents per kWh.
Besides Germany, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, and Luxembourg are opening up gradually. Non-Tesla drivers can see the locations where they can access the Supercharger network in the Tesla app or on the Tesla worldwide Supercharger map on the internet.
Prices vary between sites
On its website, Tesla warns that prices vary between locations. “Pricing for Non-Tesla drivers reflects additional costs incurred to support charging a broad range of vehicles and adjustments to our sites to accommodate these vehicles. Rates vary by site; you can view charging prices in the Tesla app. The per kWh price to charge can be lowered with a charging membership.”
In Belgium, 9 of the 14 Tesla charging stations will be available to everyone, Tesla announced in May. These are the stations in Antwerp, Arlon, Edegem, Zolder, Lokeren, Namur, Verviers, Wavre and Remouchamps. Some of these stations deliver a charging power of up to 350 kW, making them the fastest chargers.