Tesla is launching a new project that will make arrangements for ten of its Supercharger locations in the Netherlands to charge non-Tesla EVs. This is going to be a huge step for the facilitation of electric vehicles.
Other companies, especially, in North America have tried their best to step up their game but the infrastructure for electric vehicles still appears pretty patchy in most parts of the country.
“Trial program for opening Tesla Superchargers to other EVs has begun,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.
Tesla announced that it has made approximately 25,000 Superchargers all over the world at over 2,100 stations or hubs. The Arctic Circle also got its share of superchargers, covering the northernmost regions of Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
“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,” reads a statement from the carmaker. “This move directly supports our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”
Tesla’s betting that allowing non-Teslas to use its Superchargers will allow its proprietary network to expand even faster.
“Our goal is to learn and iterate quickly while continuing to aggressively expand the network, so we can eventually welcome both Tesla and Non-Tesla drivers at every Supercharger worldwide,” the statement continues.
People who wish to use the chargers and do not own a Tesla in the Netherlands will need a Tesla app and an old payment method to use the Supercharger.
The company also states that the pilot is “only accessible for CCS-enabled vehicles.” CCS or Combined Charging System is the USB plug of the electric car world.
Tesla also launched a $190 CCS adapter lately, for its Model S and X to reap the benefit of an increasing number of CCS chargers around the world. The Model 3 is already CCS-compatible when bought.
The amount of traffic on the superchargers is yet to be determined. Various superchargers in cities are already suffering from tremendously long queues, particularly during public holidays. But it is a good sign that the service is in demand.