Tesla launched a pilot project in the Netherlands this week where non-Tesla electric vehicles will be allowed to use the Supercharger network. Thus, the automaker opened its proprietary charging stations to electric cars from other companies for the first time.
Tesla’s Supercharger network is often cited as the best possible example of an electric car charging network, as it’s fast, reliable, and versatile. On the other hand, Tesla’s network was also exclusive to Tesla owners. It seems that this situation is starting to change now.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been talking about opening his company’s extensive Supercharger network to other electric vehicles for years. Over the past summer, important details on how this will actually work have also begun to be revealed. Now the company is ready to kick off the process by announcing its first pilot project.
At first, only 10 Supercharger stations will be available for non-Tesla electric cars in the Netherlands. Vehicle owners will need to download the latest version of Tesla’s smartphone app to access the stations. After downloading the app, customers will be asked to select “Charge Your Non-Tesla Car E” to find the closest participating Supercharger site. Tesla owners will be able to continue using the stations as normal.
So why was the Netherlands chosen as the starting place for the pilot project? Earlier, Elon Musk stated that the experiment will most likely start in Europe, where standard charging cable connectors are mandatory. We can speculate that other European countries will likely follow the Netherlands before the company rolls out their Superchargers in the US.
Let us remind you that Tesla made a profit of $ 1.6 billion in the third quarter.