Tesla to expand some UK superchargers to other EVs Car News

Tesla has announced it will extend its charging network to non-Tesla electric vehicle owners at select locations in the UK, as part of a pilot program to “accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy”.

Some 158 devices at 15 Supercharger stations across the UK will be open to non-Tesla drivers. Drivers can access the Supercharger network through the Tesla smartphone app.

The 15 sites that will initially be open to non-Tesla owners are: Aberystwyth, Adderstone, Aviemore, Banbury, Birmingham St Andrews, Cardiff, Dundee, Flint, Folkestone Eurotunnel, Grays, Manchester Trafford Centre, Thetford, Trumpington, Uxbridge and Wokingham.

As part of the pilot program, Tesla will monitor site congestion.

Current Tesla owners will get the lowest prices, while new users can upgrade to a monthly subscription costing £10.99 per month to get slightly lower prices. Non-members, meanwhile, will be charged an average price of 60p per kWh, although rates vary by site.

“Our ambition has always been to open up the Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric vehicles and, in doing so, encourage more drivers to go electric. More customers using the Supercharger network enables faster expansion,” Tesla said in a statement.

“Our goal is to learn and iterate quickly, while continuing to aggressively expand the network, so that we can eventually accommodate both Tesla and non-Tesla drivers in every Supercharger in the world.”

Drivers will be able to see if a charger is compatible with their non-Tesla electric vehicle, as well as site availability. Tesla chargers have two cables, but non-Tesla cars can only use the CCS connector.

Much of the appeal of Tesla cars comes from the exclusivity of the Supercharger network. There are around 25,000 devices at 2,500 stations around the world, including around 600 in the UK and Ireland.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk initially revealed plans to open the network in July 2021, with plans to bring Tesla charging to all countries “over time”.

Autocar asked Tesla if non-Tesla electric vehicles will be able to charge at the maximum available rate of 150 kW.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-18 12:01:22

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