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Tesla extends select UK Superchargers to other electric vehicles

Tesla extends select UK Superchargers to other electric vehicles

Tesla has announced it will expand its charging network to non-Tesla EV owners in select locations in the UK, as part of a pilot project to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”.

About 158 ​​units at 15 Supercharger stations in the UK will be opened to non-Tesla drivers. Drivers can access the Supercharger network via the Tesla smartphone app.

The 15 locations that will initially open to non-Tesla owners are: Aberystwyth, Adderstone, Aviemore, Banbury, Birmingham St Andrews, Cardiff, Dundee, Flint, Folkestone Eurotunnel, Grays, Manchester Trafford Centre, Thetford, Trumpington, Uxbridge and Wokingham.

As part of the pilot project, Tesla will monitor congestion at the sites.

Current Tesla owners will benefit from the lowest price rates, while new users can opt for a monthly subscription of £10.99 per month to get slightly lower prices. Non-members, meanwhile, pay an average price of 60 pence per kWh, although rates may vary by site.

“Our ambition has always been to open up the Supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs, encouraging more drivers to go electric. More customers using the Supercharger network enables faster expansion,” Tesla said in a statement.

“Our goal is to learn and iterate quickly as we continue to aggressively expand the network so that eventually we can welcome both Tesla and non-Tesla drivers to every Supercharger worldwide.”

Drivers can see if a charger is compatible with their non-Tesla EV, as well as site availability. Tesla chargers have two cables, but non-Tesla cars can only use the CCS connector.

Much of the appeal of Tesla cars comes from the exclusivity of the Supercharger network. There are approximately 25,000 devices on 2,500 stations around the world, of which approximately 600 are in the UK and Ireland.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk initially revealed plans to open up the network in July 2021, with plans to offer Tesla charging “in due course” in all countries.

Autocar has asked Tesla whether non-Tesla EVs can charge at the maximum available rate of 150 kW.