Tesla is broadening its open Supercharger pilot programme in Europe, which allows non-Tesla EV owners to use the company’s massive charging network. Previously, the pilot was only accessible in the Netherlands, Norway, and France, but now, it is available in the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and Austria as well.
Non-Tesla owners in both Belgium and Germany could previously only use Tesla’s network if they travelled to a nation with open Superchargers. With Belgium now included in the programme, German residents are the only ones who can use them outside of the country but not within it.
Elon Musk has been talking about expanding the programme to the United States since last year but hasn’t given any details on how it would be done because of the popularity of Tesla’s proprietary chart port in North America. However, in a recent interview with the Financial Times, Musk stated that Tesla intends to add standardised connections for other EVs to US Supercharger sites.
Currently, North American Tesla models and Superchargers do not accept the CCS2 standard, which is supported by nearly all EVs in Europe (including Teslas), instead of depending on Tesla’s proprietary charging socket. To make problems worse, most other North American EVs use a CCS1 connector, while EVs like the Nissan Leaf confuse matters even more by using the CHAdeMO standard.
If you live in one of the pilot nations, you may use the Tesla’s app (Android, iOS) to access the Tesla network and locate participating stations. If you own both a Tesla and another EV, you may use the app to track Supercharging for both vehicles. Non-Tesla vehicles may incur extra expenses in addition to the power tariffs shared in the app.