Tesla opens fast charging sites in Belgium to non-Tesla cars – Companies

Good news for electric car drivers: Tesla will open 8 fast charging sites to non-Tesla cars as part of a pilot program.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla announces the opening of a series of fast charging sites in Belgium. This is good news for drivers of non-Tesla battery-powered cars (Audi, VW, Renault, Hyundai, …). This is a development of a pilot project to open terminals to other brands which began at the end of 2021 in France, the Netherlands and Norway. At the same time as Belgium, terminals are opening from this Wednesday in Spain, Sweden, Austria and the United Kingdom.

Price: 70 cents per kWh

“Nine charging stations and 141 individual Superchargers are part of the pilot project in Belgium, making it the largest fast charging network in the country. The following stations are affected: Antwerp, Arlon, Edegem, Heusden-Zolder, Lokeren, Namur , Remouchamps, Verviers and Wavre” indicates a press release, published by Tesla.

The rate is 70 cents per kWh on average, a price in line with the market, or a monthly subscription of 12.99 euros for 55 cents per kWh. Access is through the Tesla app, where the customer must encode a payment card. Once the car is plugged into a terminal, charging is launched via the app, by clicking on the socket number.

The chargers are accessible to all cars accepting fast direct current charges, equipped with a standard Combo socket. This is the case for almost all electric cars, with the exception of certain Japanese models such as Nissan, which use Asian CHAdeMO fast plugs, which are not accepted by Tesla terminals.

A European plan

The Tesla network was reserved for drivers of cars of the same brand, it was even a selling point, a guarantee of being able to fill up with electrons on all journeys. Elon Musk announced last summer the opening of Tesla terminals in Europe to non-Tesla cars. Both to attract new income, and no doubt also to be able to access motorway service areas in Europe. The authorities are more reluctant to grant access to these areas to Tesla, which only targets its own car customers. By opening up to all brands, Tesla could more easily install sockets in these areas. For the time being, the American manufacturer is obliged to settle off the highways, in the car parks of nearby hotels, for example.

A helper for long journeys

“With the extension of the pilot project to these five countries, the Supercharger network, with just over 200 stations and 2,900 charging points, has become the largest publicly accessible fast charging network (> 150 kW) in Europe” believes Tesla. These terminals managed directly by the brand mainly compete with the Fastned, Ionity, TotalEnergies or Allego networks. They contribute to the equipment of the terminals for long journeys, a delicate point for many candidates for the electric car.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla announces the opening of a series of fast charging sites in Belgium. This is good news for drivers of non-Tesla battery-powered cars (Audi, VW, Renault, Hyundai, …). This is a development of a pilot project to open terminals to other brands which began at the end of 2021 in France, the Netherlands and Norway. At the same time as Belgium, terminals are opening from this Wednesday in Spain, Sweden, Austria and the United Kingdom. Tariff: 70 cents per kWh “Nine charging stations and 141 individual Superchargers are part of the project pilot in Belgium, making it the largest fast charging network in the country. The following stations are concerned: Antwerp, Arlon, Edegem, Heusden-Zolder, Lokeren, Namur, Remouchamps, Verviers and Wavre” indicates a press release, published by Tesla.The rate is 70 cents per kWh on average, a price in line with the market, or a monthly subscription of 12.99 euros for 55 cents per kWh. Access is through the Tesla app, where the customer must encode a payment card. Once the car is plugged into a terminal, charging is launched via the app, by clicking on the socket number. The chargers are accessible to all cars accepting direct current fast charges, equipped with a standard Combo socket . This is the case for almost all electric cars, with the exception of certain Japanese models such as Nissan, which use Asian CHAdeMO fast plugs, not accepted by Tesla terminals. A European plan The Tesla network was reserved for drivers cars of the same brand, it was even a selling point, a guarantee of being able to fill up with electrons on all journeys. Elon Musk announced last summer the opening of Tesla terminals in Europe to non-Tesla cars. Both to attract new income, and no doubt also to be able to access motorway service areas in Europe. The authorities are more reluctant to grant access to these areas to Tesla, which only targets its own car customers. By opening up to all brands, Tesla could more easily install sockets in these areas. For now, the American manufacturer is forced to set up off the highways, in nearby hotel car parks, for example. Supercharger, with just over 200 stations and 2,900 charging points, has become the largest publicly accessible fast charging network (> 150 kW) in Europe. These terminals managed directly by the brand mainly compete with the Fastned, Ionity, TotalEnergies or Allego networks. They contribute to the equipment of the terminals for long journeys, a delicate point for many candidates for the electric car.

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