The long-awaited opening of the Tesla Supercharger network recently took another leap forward as the company expanded access for non-Tesla EVs to all 36 of its locations in the Netherlands. To start using Superchargers, EV drivers equipped with CCS just need to download the Tesla app.
Tesla has taken the first step towards an open network in November 2021 with «Pilot non-Tesla Supercharger»In 10 places in the Netherlands. The automaker started with a small number of sites so it could “view experiences, monitor congestion and evaluate feedback before expanding”.
The opening of the network will be good news for the general adoption of EVs and probably for Tesla, which could win over some customers from other brands, but existing Tesla owners are naturally concerned about the increase in traffic at charging stations.
Last month, the automaker announced that the program would expand to more stations in Norway and France.
Tesla is expected to gradually open a network across Europe and eventually in North America. However, the latter will be a more complex proposition, as Tesla uses its own patented plug rather than the CCS connector. Non-Tesla EV drivers will need an adapter, and as some EV owners point out, Tesla may need to make other modifications, such as installing longer cables to accommodate cars with charging ports elsewhere.
However, any such updates will be worth making your network accessible to all EVs if it hopes to benefit from some of the federal subsidies for EV infrastructure which are expected to begin arriving later this year. (No, the recent Elon Musk rush against government subsidies not intended for a wide audience.)
Source: Electric crackle
Charged EVs | All EV drivers in the Netherlands can now use Tesla’s Supercharger network
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