Superchargers for everyone! Tesla opens 15 UK charging stations for drivers of other brands for the first time in a new trial

  • A pilot scheme to open some Tesla superchargers to all drivers begins today
  • The 15 sites contain 158 individual devices that can provide speeds in excess of 150 kW
  • The cost of using devices for drivers without Tesla will be about 0.60 pounds per kWh
  • A membership scheme costing £ 10.99 a month will offer lower costs

Today, Tesla confirmed that it will allow drivers of all electric vehicles – not just its own models – to gain access for the first time to its industry-leading network Supercharger in Britain.

The pilot scheme, which also operates in other European countries, will allow non-Tesla electric vehicles to use charging points at 15 Supercharger stations, which is about a fifth of Tesla’s charging network in the UK.

These sites contain 158 individual devices that can provide 120 to 250 kW and can add up to 60 miles in less than five minutes. Prices for drivers who do not use Tesla will average about £ 0.60 per kWh.

Superchargers for everyone! Today, Tesla has confirmed that it will allow drivers of all electric vehicles – not just its own models – to access its industry-leading charging network in the UK for the first time

Tesla has 87 Supercharger seats in the UK with 780 connectors, based on data available at the end of 2021.

However, to date this has been banned for drivers of electric vehicles from other manufacturers.

In a recent survey of 1,500 drivers in the UK conducted by EV Electrifying.com, 81 per cent said they would consider switching when Tesla opens its Supercharger network.

If successful, the pilot scheme could be deployed in more locations, although this could potentially annoy some Tesla customers, who would eventually lose exclusive access to a dedicated charging network, which is one of the most attractive to the brand.

The 15 locations include Grace and Uxbridge, as well as Banbury, Birmingham, Flint Mountain (near Chester), Folkestone, Manchester, Tefthord, Trumpington (near Cambridge) and Wokingham (near Reading).

There are three Supercharger locations available in Scotland – Adderstone, Avimore and Dundee – and two in Wales – Aberystwyth and Cardiff.

Elon Musk first hinted back in July 2021 that the charging network of his brand will be open to all electric vehicles by the end of the year, and the first trial version will begin in the Netherlands in November.

Today it has been expanded, and pilot schemes are operating in eight European countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

A statement from Tesla said: “Our ambition has always been to open up the Supercharger network for electric vehicles not manufactured with Tesla, and thus encourage more drivers to switch to electricity.

“More customers using the Supercharger network are providing faster expansion.

“Our goal is to learn quickly and perform iterations while continuing to actively expand the network so that we can eventually welcome both Tesla drivers and other drivers on every Supercharger around the world.”

It adds: “Our ambition has always been to open up the Supercharger network for electric vehicles that do not comply with Tesla, and in doing so, encourage more drivers to switch to electricity.”

The decision to open part of the Supercharger network may irritate Tesla customers, who will lose exclusive access to special devices - one of the most attractive for the brand

The decision to open part of the Supercharger network may irritate Tesla customers, who will lose exclusive access to special devices – one of the most attractive for the brand

Non-Tesla owners who want to use Superchargers will first need to create an account in the Tesla app.

Charging rates vary by site, but will cost around £ 0.60 per kWh.

As part of the trial period, drivers are also offered the opportunity to sign up for membership at a price of £ 10.99 per month, which provides lower fares per kWh.

Electrifying.com founder and CEO Ginny Buckley said: “There will be a large number of electric car drivers who will be very happy to finally be able to use the Supercharger network.

“But it will definitely be controversial among Tesla’s fast-growing ranks of owners.

“Reliable, fast and rich chargers have been the main selling point, but there are already complaints that Superchargers are getting busier as car sales have grown rapidly.

“If Tesla used the money it earned from charging to fund network expansion, it would help ease the charging alarm we know so many consumers, and would allow the Supercharger network to expand quickly.”

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