All electric car owners in the UK will be able to use Tesla’s Superchargers much sooner than expected, according to a government minister. Transport Minister Trudy Harrison confirmed the move.
The move would not come as such a surprise. In February just passed, after a test phase lasting several months, Tesla has already made all of its Superchargers in the Netherlands accessible to electric cars from other brands. Pilot programs are also underway in Norway, France, Germany and Belgium for electric car drivers from other brands to use the Superchargers via an app.
In a conversation with Ginny Buckley from the UK electric car publication Electrifying.com, Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said: “Tesla recognise that they are part of the solution here.” The network opening could come “within weeks and months rather than years,” she said.
Although there will be a large number of electric car drivers who will be delighted to finally be able to use Tesla’s Supercharger network at last, Electrifying.com founder Ginny Buckley noted that this could be controversial among the fast-growing ranks of Tesla owners. “The reliable, quick and plentiful charge points have been a major selling point but there are already complaints that the Superchargers are getting busier as sales of its cars have increased rapidly,” she explained.
“Hopefully, Tesla will use the money generated from charging to fund an expansion of the network. The company has already said it is on a mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and from a business point of view, more customers using the Supercharger network enables faster expansion,” she elaborated.
The UK electric car publication said that Tesla has been approached for comment but have yet to respond.
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