Tesla opens the entire Supercharger network in the Netherlands to all EVs – Techdoxx

Deepak Gupta February 14, 2022
Updated 2022/02/14 at 11:08 PM

Tesla said on Monday that non-Tesla owners can charge their electric vehicles at all Supercharger stations in the Netherlands.

The announcement marks an expansion of a pilot program that began in November 2021 with 10 seasons. CEO Elon Musk had initially expressed interest in opening up the Supercharger network to other EVs in the summer of the same year.

Unlike other automakers, Tesla operates a broad proprietary network that previously prevented EVs from other automakers from using the chargers. The network, which Tesla began building in 2012, now has 30,000 Supercharging stations worldwide.

the company’s pilot program allows non-Tesla EV drivers in the Netherlands and some stations in other European countries including France and Norway, Belgium to charge their cars via the Tesla app – the automaker has not yet integrated its stations with other EV station bundlers such as PlugShare.

Tesla uses a proprietary plug that only fits Tesla vehicles, so the rider is only accessible to Combined Charging System (CCS)-enabled vehicles. Two-wire supercharger poles, non-Tesla cars may use the CCS connector, which may not fit all cars – if this happens, Tesla says drivers should report the issue to their customer support center.

Non-Tesla EVs may be charged more for the pleasure of charging on Tesla websites, due to the “additional costs incurred to support charging a wide range of vehicles and adjustments to our websites to accommodate those vehicles,” according to to Tesla. That said, the price per kWh to be charged may be reduced if drivers purchase a charging subscription.

Tesla said it is starting with a select number of sites so it can “analyze the experience, monitor congestion and gauge feedback before expanding.” Future locations will only open to non-Tesla vehicles if capacity is available.

The Netherlands has largest number of electric vehicle charging stations in Europe, with 75,000 stations, which gives Tesla a competitive playground to further test this pilot. Tesla has 33 stations in the Netherlands, with 18 new stations “coming soon”, according to Tesla website.

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