The Supercharger network isn't so exclusive anymore.
Earlier this year, we reported that Tesla had plans to open up its Supercharger network to other electric vehicle brands. This is not only great news for EV customers, who will have a greater charging network to take advantage of but should also amount to a huge cash injection for Tesla itself.
We're used to Tesla's string of broken promises, so it's a pleasing change to see that the automaker has now confirmed that it's officially piloting its Supercharger network for non-Tesla models like the popular Volkswagen ID.3. This pilot will take place at ten Supercharger locations in the Netherlands.
For residents in the Netherlands who don't drive a Tesla but have another EV, they'll be required to download version 4.2.3 or higher of the Tesla app and create an account. They'll then need to follow the prompts which include adding the desired payment method.
"It's always been our ambition to open the Supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs, and by doing so, encourage more drivers to go electric," said the automaker in a statement. "The move directly supports our mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy."
If you drive a Volkswagen or BMW EV, this is great news - provided you can deal with the disapproving glare from Tesla drivers sitting at the next charging point.
But what if Model 3 and Model S customers pull up to these ten Superchargers and encounter more congestion than they're used to? Well, Tesla says it'll be monitoring each of these sites closely and getting feedback from customers on the experience. Tesla admits that some Supercharger cables won't reach all types of vehicles and that only CCS connector types are supported.
It'll be great to see how the opening of Tesla's Supercharger network pans out over the next few months. With over 25,000 Superchargers globally since the first batch became available in 2012, access to a reliable and expansive charging network could drive more people to make the switch to EVs.