2.11.2021Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot project starts in Holland
Electric carmaker Tesla has opened ten charging locations in the Netherlands that allow electric vehicle (EV) drivers from other brands to access its Supercharger network. At least to begin with, the ten locations are only accessible to drivers of battery-electric vehicles registered in the Netherlands. The move is a way for the pioneering electric carmaker to gauge demand at its charging points.
“It has always been our ambition to open up the Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric cars, encouraging more drivers to go electric. This move directly supports our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. More customers using the Supercharger network will enable faster expansion,” according to Tesla’s website.
“Our goal is to learn and improve quickly while aggressively expanding the network so that we can eventually welcome both Tesla and non-Tesla drivers at every Supercharger worldwide.”
Rumours of Tesla’s Supercharger network opening up to other brands have circulated for some time. However, Tesla has now officially started a “non-Tesla Supercharger pilot project”. The Superchargers at the ten locations are now accessible to Dutch non-Tesla drivers via the Tesla app (version 4.2.3 or higher). Drivers of Tesla vehicles can use the stations as usual. The locations are Sassenheim, Apeldoorn Oost, Meerkerk, Hengelo, Tilburg, Duiven, Breukelen, Naarden, Eemnes and Zwolle.
The process of charging, which works for Tesla drivers via Plug&Charge, involves more effort for non-Tesla brands. For example, a payment method has to be stored via the app and the charger activated at the location, and charging then started and stopped manually.
Partly because of this difference in process, the cost of charging is also likely to differ - in favour of Tesla drivers.
The following statement from Tesla makes this quite clear: “The prices for non-Tesla drivers reflect the additional costs of supporting charging for a wide range of vehicles and adapting our locations to accommodate them.”
Tesla, which started its own charging network in 2012, now has more than 25,000 Superchargers in its network worldwide. The electric carmaker wants to gauge demand at the ten Dutch sites, check if there will be any congestion, and take on board any feedback before it considers opening up access to third-party brands at other locations. “Future locations will only be opened to vehicles from other brands if capacity allows,” according to Tesla.