Launched in November 2021, the Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot is expanding to new sites and countries in support of Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Today, selected stations in Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and the UK are being opened to non-Tesla owners – see the map below.
15 stations and 158 individual Superchargers are part of the pilot in the UK, making it the biggest fast-charging network of the country. With this pilot expansion the Supercharger network has also become the biggest fast charging network (> 150 kW) in Europe. Access to an extensive, convenient and reliable fast-charging network is critical for large-scale EV adoption. That’s why, since opening its first Superchargers in 2012, Tesla has been committed to rapid expansion of the network. Today, Tesla has more than 30,000 Superchargers worldwide. Tesla drivers can continue to use these stations as they always have, and Tesla says it will be closely monitoring each site for congestion and listening to customers about their experiences.
Tesla says that it’s always been its ambition to open the Supercharger network to Non-Tesla EVs, and by doing so, encourage more drivers to go electric. More customers using the Supercharger network enables faster expansion. The company says its goal is to learn and iterate quickly, while continuing to aggressively expand the network, so it can eventually welcome both Tesla and Non-Tesla drivers at every Supercharger worldwide.
With this pilot, some stations are now accessible to Non-Tesla EV drivers in selected countries via the Tesla app. The pilot also introduces a charging membership model. Customers can elect to pay a monthly membership fee (£10.99 in the UK) in the app to access lower kWh pricing. Non-members will have access but at a higher kWh price (£0.60 on average). Rates vary by site, and you can view charging prices in the Tesla app.
Paul Clarke, Green Car Guide’s Editor, comments: “Having spent over 12 years driving around the UK in every EV that’s ever been on sale, for much of that time the public charging infrastructure has been very hit and miss for all EV drivers, except if you drive a Tesla, when charging has always been reliable, fast and, critically, user-friendly. Public charging has been improving over recent months, but at motorway service areas it’s still the case that with increasing numbers of EVs, there can typically be queues of cars waiting for the two chargers, but close by there are 10 or 12 Tesla Supercharger bays with spare capacity. Therefore this news from Tesla, which has been expected for a while, is extremely welcome.”