Tesla has opened its Supercharger network to five more countries in Europe. Last year, Tesla announced its Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot program, which allows EV owners to access a Tesla Supercharger even if their EV isn’t made by Tesla. “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,” Tesla said on its support page.
Tesla announced the five countries on its official Twitter account for Tesla Charging. Those countries are Austria, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Any EV owner living in these countries can now charge at a Tesla Supercharger via the Tesla app.
Non-Tesla vehicles can now charge at select Superchargers in Austria, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and the UK via the Tesla app. Learn more at https://t.co/HZePe24Kbl
— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) May 18, 2022
The newly added countries bring the total countries where Tesla’s pilot program is live to eight.
Currently, the pilot program only allows for EV owners living within these countries to charge at a Supercharger in the pilot program. So, if you live in Finland and drive to Sweden in your non-Tesla EV, you can not charge at a Supercharger just yet.
Tesla plans to expand the pilot program to more countries, but for now is only starting with these select sites so they can review the experience and monitor congestion while also assessing feedback before expanding further. During Tesla’s Q1 2022 earnings call last month, Mark Delaney asked about opening the Supercharging network in the US to non-Tesla owners. VP of Vehicle Engineering Lars Moravy, CEO Elon Musk, and CFO Zach Kirkhorn each answered this question.
Moravy pointed out that Tesla is planning to give non-Tesla EVs all around the world access, but touched upon connector issues.
“We do plan to provide third-party vehicle access all over the world, not just in Europe where our original pilot was. We are working on solutions in North America, which is a little bit more problematic with our connector being different than others, but we are moving in that direction.”
Elon Musk added that there was a bit more to be said regarding this but that Tesla wants to do the right thing with respect to the system. Kirkorn pointed out that Tesla has also been adding chargers on a faster level and brought up the importance of charger capacity.
“With the growth of the cars that we’re producing, and then anticipating what Drew is discussing, overall charger capacity is really important. And so the pace of our investment in Supercharging has accelerated.”
It looks like Tesla is gaining confidence in its ability to expand the Supercharging network to non-Tesla EVs. Perhaps Italy, Finland, or even the US could be next?