Tesla opens Supercharger network to other EVs starting in Netherlands

Tesla opens Supercharger network to other EVs starting in Netherlands

by Pranali Mehta

Tesla, the leading US-based electric vehicle manufacturer, has reportedly announced that it would be opening up its Supercharger network to other EV brands for the first time through a pilot program starting in the Netherlands.

According to reports, the move comes as the company, which is regarded as the most valuable carmaker in the world, looks to bring EVs, regardless of the brand, into the mainstream.

Tesla stated Monday that the pilot program would be tested at approximately 10 locations throughout the Netherlands. The company also added that Dutch non-Tesla EV owners would be able to access the Tesla charging stations, more commonly known as Superchargers, through Tesla’s smartphone app.

The company reassured Tesla owners that they can still continue to utilize these 10 charging stations and that Tesla would be closely monitoring each of the sites for congestion.

For the record, Tesla currently operates over 25,000 Superchargers across the world, while other automobile manufacturers have turned to forming alliances or investing in startups for setting up charging networks as they attempt to entrench themselves in the budding electric vehicles market.

For the record, Tesla Superchargers are available to vehicles that are fitted with the Combined Charging System, or CCS, which are favored by automotive brands like Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, BMW, Ford and the VW group, which represents vehicle brands such as Porsche and Audi.

Tesla also adheres to the CCS standard across Europe, which allows a wide array of vehicles to charge themselves in stations without an adapter that utilizes a similar connector.

Tesla stated that under the proposed program, charging prices for all non-Tesla EV owners would entail additional costs in order to support a wide array cars as well as site adjustments to effectively accommodate these vehicles. The company added that the move directly supports its mission to expedite the world’s ongoing transition to sustainable energy sources.

Tesla, which last week surpassed $1 trillion market cap for the first time, has defied global chip shortages and supply chain issues to mark a record financial quarter for vehicle deliveries as demand increased and investments in its new factories paid off.

Source credit: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/nov/02/tesla-opens-superchargers-to-other-electric-cars-for-first-time

Pranali Mehta

A chemical engineer by qualification, Pranali Mehta dutifully walked down the slated path and worked in a chemical firm for a year. Her passion for writing however, pushed her into experimenting with the same as a career. With over three years of experience in content writ Read more...