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Are Tesla Superchargers available to the non-Teslas drivers?

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Yes, as of 30 Nov. 2023, non-Tesla owners will be able to charge their electric vehicles at 33 of the 63 Tesla supercharger sites, more than half of the networks in total. The list of Tesla superchargers has recently been expanded to include 25 new sites in Australia where non-Tesla drivers can charge their electric cars. This expansion comes after the company’s pilot programme of non-Tesla Superchargers (available in selected countries) to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla also plans to open future sites if there is available capacity.

 

Unlimited free charging was a thing

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Tesla started its journey towards sustainable transportation by launching six supercharging stations in the United States in 2012, followed by the first superchargers in Australia in 2014. As Tesla continues to expand its supercharging network, Tesla owners were offered free unlimited supercharging for life.

These tactics became a key selling point for Tesla’s luxury electric sedan, the Model S. In 2018 company stopped offering these Free unlimited supercharging for life. However, Tesla keeps this as a selling point to customers especially when clearing out the inventory and boosting sales, so keep an eye on the latest updates.

How use a Tesla supercharger to charge my non-Tesla Vehicles?

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To charge your non-Tesla electric vehicle, you can follow these straightforward steps using the Tesla app (version 4.2.3 or higher) available for both iOS and Android devices. First, create a Tesla Account within the app. Next, navigate to the ‘Charge Your Non-Tesla’ option and select your desired Supercharger site. Afterwards, input your payment method and connect your car to the charger. Then choose an available stall that you want to charge and simply tap ‘Start Charging’. To conclude your charging session, select ‘Stop Charging’ within the app. Also,  Tesla owners can access the ‘Charge Your Non-Tesla’ feature by swiping on their profile in the Tesla app.

Wondering how to identify the right Supercharger post for your vehicle? Each Supercharger post features a unique identifier label at its base. If, for example, you’re using post 4A, you can easily select the corresponding post labelled 4A in the Tesla app to initiate your charging session. However, please keep in mind that you must plug in your vehicle within two minutes of selecting a post; otherwise, your session will time out, and you’ll need to restart the process. Moreover, the Tesla app offers the convenience of checking Supercharger site availability and accessing essential service information.

Location of Tesla Superchargers for Non-Teslas

Tesla now has a total of 33 live supercharger sites accessible to non-Tesla Vehicles in Australia. Tesla is also encouraging outlets with destination chargers to upgrade to Generation 3 units, which will allow non-Tesla charging.

Tesla supercharger charging

Locations:

New South Wales

  • Bathurst
  • Berry
  • Blaxland
  • Campbelltown
  • Dubbo
  • Hollydene
  • Knockrow
  • Narooma
  • Tamworth
  • Tenterfield
  • Wollongong

Victoria

  • Bendigo
  • Box Hill
  • Cann River
  • Colac
  • Geelong
  • Moe
  • Mornington
  • Shepparton
  • Warrnambool
  • Yea

Queensland

  • Gympie
  • Rochedale
  • Toowoomba

Western Australia

  • Margaret River
  • Williams

South Australia

  • Clare
  • Mount Gambier
  • Tailem Bend

Australian Capital Territory

  • Tuggeranong

You can find this location using the TESLA app or a PlugShare charging station map for Australia more easily.

Cost for Non-Tesla owners to pay 

Non-Tesla drivers can use the superchargers by paying 79 cents per kilowatt-hour, compared to about 58 to 70 cents for Tesla vehicles, depending on the location. However, non-Tesla drivers can join a $9.99/month subscription that cuts the charging cost per kilowatt-hour to 66 cents. To use the locations, cars require a CCS fast-charging socket, which is fitted to most electric cars on sale, except for a few models like the Nissan Leaf hatchback. Also, please note that the pricing may include some additional costs and vary by site. You can view all of the pricing breakdowns in the Tesla app.

Bottom Line

This move by Tesla has made EV ownership even more accessible and convenient in Australia. It is a significant boost for every non-Tesla branded EV on the market and will facilitate an increase in the uptake of EVs in Australia. The company’s decision to allow other EV drivers to use its supercharging network reflects its mission statement to accelerate the widespread adoption of EVs.Tesla’s decision may reduce its market share, but it will grow the other aspects of the business. It is good news for consumers and good news for the planet.

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