The long-awaited opening of Tesla’s Supercharger community not too long ago took one other leap ahead as the corporate expanded entry for non-Tesla EVs to all 36 of its places within the Netherlands. To begin utilizing the Superchargers, drivers of CCS-equipped EVs merely must obtain the Tesla app.
Tesla took step one in direction of an open community in November 2021, with a “Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot” at 10 places within the Netherlands. The automaker began with a small variety of websites in order that it might “evaluation the expertise, monitor congestion and assess suggestions earlier than increasing.”
Opening up the community can be excellent news for general EV adoption, and possibly for Tesla, which might win some prospects from different manufacturers, however present Tesla house owners are naturally involved about elevated visitors at charging stations.
Final month, the automaker introduced that this system will broaden to extra stations in Norway and France.
Tesla is predicted to step by step open up the community all through Europe, and finally in North America. Nevertheless, the latter can be a extra complicated proposition, as Tesla makes use of its personal proprietary plug relatively than the CCS connector. Non-Tesla EV drivers will want a plug adapter, and as some EV house owners have identified, Tesla could must make different modifications, equivalent to putting in longer cables to accommodate automobiles with charging ports in different places.
Any such updates can be properly price making, nonetheless—Tesla might want to make its community out there to all EVs if it hopes to profit from among the federal subsidies for EV infrastructure which are anticipated to start out flowing later this 12 months. (No, Elon Musk’s latest fling in opposition to authorities subsidies was not meant for common audiences.)