Tesla is opening ten Supercharger locations in the Netherlands to drivers of e-vehicles from other brands. The move is intended as a test balloon to gain experience with demand. Initially, the ten locations will only be accessible to e-car drivers who are registered in the Netherlands.
Rumors of Tesla opening up its proprietary Supercharger network have been around for a long time. Now Tesla is officially initiating a "non-Tesla Supercharger pilot project" at ten locations in the Netherlands, specifically Sassenheim, Apeldoorn Oost, Meerkerk, Hengelo, Tilburg, Duiven, Breukelen, Naarden, Eemnes and Zwolle. As of now, the Superchargers there are also accessible to Dutch non-Tesla drivers via the Tesla app (version 4.2.3 or higher). Drivers of Tesla vehicles can of course also use the stations as usual.
Commenting on the move on its website, Tesla said, "It has always been our ambition to open the Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric cars, encouraging more drivers to go electric. This move directly supports our mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. More customers using the Supercharger network will enable faster expansion. Our goal is to learn and improve quickly while aggressively expanding the network so that we can eventually welcome both Tesla and non-Tesla drivers at every Supercharger worldwide."
As things stand, more than 25,000 Superchargers are now connected worldwide since Tesla initiated its own charging network in 2012. Before opening access to other brands at other locations, Tesla now wants to first check the impact at the ten Dutch locations, record any congestion and evaluate the feedback. "Future locations will only be opened to vehicles from other brands if capacity allows," Tesla said.
Regarding pricing for non-Tesla users, the electric carmaker says that "prices vary by location," which can be viewed in the Tesla app before charging begins. The price per kWh can be lowered with a charging membership, the company adds, but various Twitter posts indicate that Tesla charges €0.57/kWh at one of the locations for guidance, while Tesla drivers pay just €0.24/kWh. Blocking fees will apply equally to Tesla and non-Tesla vehicles in the future.
Basically, price is likely to be one of the differentiators to continue to favor Tesla drivers, according to the following statement from Tesla: "Pricing for non-Tesla drivers reflects the additional costs of supporting charging for a wide range of vehicles and adapting our locations to accommodate them." Also, the charging process, which works for Tesla drivers via "Plug&Charge," requires more effort for non-Tesla brands. For example, a payment method must be deposited via app and the charger must be activated at the location, then charging must be started and stopped manually.
As for cable length, Tesla concludes by cautioning that "certain Supercharger locations may not be suitable for all vehicles."