Non-Tesla electric cars can now charge for free on some European Tesla superchargers


Published on September 13, 2020 |
By Zachary Shahan

September 13, 2020 by Zachari Shahan

A surprising situation arose in Europe this week. Historically, only Tesla vehicles have been able to charge on Tesla Superchargers. However, the European Commission had little concern and – specialist, Bang, Boom – Supercharging has been opened to many electric car drivers in Europe who do not have a tee on their hood.

well sort of.

First, let’s start with the tweet that caught my attention:

As written in the tweet, this is only a possibility in the V3 (version 3) Tesla Supercharger. One of our authors, Maarten Vinkhuyzen, who owns a Renault Zoe in the Netherlands, tested it today and found that he was able to supercharge for free at the Apeldoorn-Oost Tesla Supercharger using CCS plugs. He said that only one stall had this open charging option, and I think this is probably the situation in every new V3 Tesla supercharger that just “one or two stalls” are available to outsiders.

Also, it is important to note that no All Electric cars can use these chargers. Your car must have a CCS2 charge port.

Twitter account as to why this is happening @TeslaStars show that, “This is due to an EU law requiring at least 1 or 2 stalls for new charging stations. #EV.

Teslastars have put many other interesting ideas about this in their tweetstorm. First, they remind us that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has long been open to other automakers using superchargers. These other automakers were just about to pay their fair share and design electric cars that were compatible with the supercharger. However, in Europe, Tesla had to convert itself to the adopted CCS charging format. Then, the European Union put forward the rule that any new charging station would be able to charge new electric vehicles from any brand.

TeslaStars admits that this “free for anyone” Tesla has launched so far is only an interim approach. If Tesla rebuilds its app a little to make non-owners an account, it can charge them through the app. Tesla could open up if Tesla goes that route, and I think it doesn’t want to give free electricity forever (especially to non-Tesla drivers) since then All V3 charging stalls for other electric car drivers and potentially some of them can make decent revenue.

As TeslaStars notes in a more colorful language, there is a problem across Europe (and the same is true in the US) that non-Tesla chargers are often out of service and limited to critical routes anyway. Opening supercharger access to more drivers can certainly help speed up the transition to zero-emission electric vehicles and sustainable energy use.

Interestingly, as I got to the end of TeslaStars’ tweetstorm, I came to know that they have also referenced 2019. CleanTechnica Article about standardizing EV charging in Europe. I recommend reading that masterpiece by Andy Miles to better understand the law, but one important point is that countries can make laws stricter than the broader mandate of the European Union. In other words, some countries may require Tesla to build everyone Charging port compatible with other electric vehicles. We will see if any country is so bold and aggressive. In the meantime, however, many electric car drivers across Europe should rejoice this morning and discover the V3 Tesla Supercharger near or along the routes they intend to travel.

This belief would have helped our Polish friends who had recently evacuated Porsche Tykon from Poland to Portugal and had many difficulties charging on the way.

Below are some videos of early testing on the now-open Tesla Supercharger. (Hat tip to TeslaStars, Drive Tesla Canada, and Chanan Bos for sharing – with the people who made such videos.)

What do you think about this development? Will it encourage too much electric vehicle sales in Europe? Will Tesla Superchargers Fill With Non-Tesla Electric Vehicles? As long as Tesla is charging electric vehicle drivers to use its system, how long will it take? Will any country specifically pass EV charging station requirements? Also, I guess I might ask – do you think it was appropriate for Tesla to open up its supercharger network, which the Silicon Valley company poured a lot of investment into and worked hard to sustain reliably?

Related: Tesla Supercharging Guide

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About the Author

Zachary is Shahan Trinin to help the society at one time. He spends most of his time here CleanTechnica As its director, chief editor and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy and energy storage specialist. He has presented about Cleantech at conferences in India, UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Canada and Curacao. Zach has a long-term investment in NIO [NIO], Tesla [TSLA], And Xpeng [XPEV]. But he does not provide any type of investment advice (explicitly or implicitly).