Tesla expands universal Supercharger access to Italy
Little by little, Tesla is moving forward with its plans to open up its Superchargers to non-Tesla EVs. With the recent addition of Italy, the program now covers most of Western Europe.
Above: Tesla Superchargers under a solar canopy. Photo: Tesla
The pilot began in November 2021 with 10 Supercharger stations in the Netherlands. Since then, the program has been expanded to Norway, France, the UK, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Iceland.
Truly universal Supercharger access won’t be a reality for a while yet. The existing program is officially a pilot, and it does not include all the Superchargers in all of those countries. (As we understand it, all Supercharger stations in the Netherlands are now covered, and the latest expansion added 18 stations in Italy.)
Tesla is proceeding cautiously, gathering data as it goes. The company says it wants to test how opening particular stations to the thundering herd is affecting usage rates at those stations before proceeding further. But the days of segregated (Tesla and non-Tesla) charging stations are clearly numbered.