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UK pilot scheme sees Tesla Superchargers open to other vehicles

As part of a pilot scheme to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”, Tesla has announced their charging network will be expanded to non-Tesla EV owners at selected sites in the UK.

The 15 sites that will initially be opened up 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.

In addition, the test will be extended to Austria, Belgium, Spain and Sweden at the same time as the UK. Traditionally, Tesla sites have only been open to Tesla vehicles, however, since last November the firm has been running a Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot trial in the Netherlands.

As part of the pilot scheme, Tesla will monitor congestion at the sites and current Tesla owners will benefit from the lowest pricing rates. Non-Tesla drivers will still need to use the Tesla app to access the Supercharger network and will have the option whether to opt for a £10.99 monthly subscription fee to gain slightly lower prices. There will be a non-member rate that averages 60p/kWh, although the exact pricing varies by site.

In a statement, Tesla said that “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.”

“More customers using the Supercharger network enables faster expansion. 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.”

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