In the latest news, Tesla announced the Supercharger would be open to competitors’ electric vehicles by the end of 2021, and now the company launched pilot project in the Netherlands. This is the first time that Elon Musk’s company opened its charging stations to competitors – until that moment, only Tesla owners could charge them.
Owners of electric vehicles from Volkswagen, Ford and other brands can use the Supercharger service through Tesla’s proprietary application (version 4.2.3 and higher). After installing the app, customers will be able to select “Charge not Tesla” to see the nearest suitable station on the map. It is noted that the rates will be higher than for Tesla owners.
It is not surprising that Tesla chose the Netherlands as the starting point for the pilot project – the head of the company, Elon Musk himself, had previously hinted that the project would most likely start in Europe due to the adopted (mandatory) charging cable connector (CCS) standards. At launch, Tesla opened 10 charging stations in the Netherlands.
Tesla notes that the opening of the Supercharger for competitors in other countries will not be long in coming, but details are not provided. It is known that Norway and, probably, other European countries are next in line. In North America, Tesla uses its own proprietary connector – owners of other brands will have to buy a special adapter (they promised to sell it directly at Supercharger stations).
In 2019, Tesla introduced the third generation of Supercharger fast charging stations with a doubled capacity of 250 kW. The most affordable and popular model, the Model 3, supports charging up to 250W – in just five minutes, you can get another 120 km of range. Previous generations of Superchargers provide 120 kW to 145 kW output current.
The global network of Tesla Supercharger fast charging stations at the end of September consisted of 3254 units, and the total number of connection points was 29 281 units. In Ukraine, the first Supercharger stations are expected in 2022.
Concurrently with the opening of the first Superchargers for electric vehicles by others Tesla brands started selling through its website the new 9.6 kW Level 2 household charging station – with wall mount and standard J1772 connector. It can be installed both indoors and outdoors. Basically, this is a modified version of Tesla’s proprietary Gen 2 home station. That is, it does not support some of the more advanced features (such as Wi-Fi) that are in the latest Gen 3 model. Price for the US market – $ 415 . This is without taking into account the services of an electrician for installing and connecting the station.