From this Wednesday, all electric car drivers will be able to recharge their batteries at certain Tesla “Supercharge” stations in Belgium.
Tesla is opening some of its fast-charging stations to all electric vehicles, the company announced on Wednesday. She thus becomes the largest operator of very powerful charging stations in Belgiumahead of the Dutch company Fastned FAST and the German company Ionity, which each have 44 fast charging stations to date.
“Superchargers”, as they are called in Tesla jargon, were so far only available to Tesla drivers. From Wednesday, drivers of electric cars from other brands can also quickly recharge their batteries in nine of the fourteen Supercharge stations of Tesla in Belgium: those of Antwerp, Arlon, Edegem, Heusden-Zolder, Lokeren, Namur, Remouchamps, Verviers and Wavre.
A total of 141 charging stations are thus available with a maximum charging speed of 350 kilowatts – a feat that, until now, no power station could match. In comparison, an ordinary public charging point often has a maximum charging speed of 22 kilowatts.
No more fear
Thanks to super-fast chargers, electric cars can reach – within ten to twenty minutes – an additional range of several hundred kilometers, depending on the charging speed of the car. This is particularly useful on long journeys, as most electric cars can travel a maximum of 400 to 500 kilometers on a full battery.
“It’s really a big step forward,” says Jochen De Smet, president of EV Belgium, the sector federation for electric mobility. “The last obstacle to the adoption of an electric car is often the fear of being stuck with an empty battery on long journeys. Thanks to the increase in the number of fast chargers along the main transport axes, this fear was already fading, but today it has completely disappeared,” he says.
Tesla started a pilot project in November 2021, by opening its fast charging stations in the Nederlandsthen extended the test to the Norway and at the France. Since then, the company has not received any complaints from Tesla drivers, who suddenly had to queue at Superchargers, which became more crowded. It is now the turn of the Belgiumfrom UKof the’Austriaof the’Spain and some Sweden to join them. And Tesla does not rule out doing the same in other European countries soon.
Note that drivers of cars of other makes will have to pay a little more to use Superchargers. According to Tesla, this is justified by the additional funds made available to adapt the charging stations. Payment is made via the Tesla app and charging costs approx. 70 cents per kilowatt houra little more expensive than at Fastned, where a kilowatt hour costs 69 cents.
Another source of profit
Tesla began building its own charging network in Europe in 2013. It was, according to the company, the only way to persuade potential buyers to switch to electric cars. Anyone who bought a Tesla before 2017 was also promised free Supercharger charging for the life of the car.
Tesla now has 750 charging stations and of more than 8,000 charging points justin Europe – or 2,000 more than a year ago. The operation of the charging infrastructure is therefore increasingly becoming a separate source of profit for Tesla, in addition to the sale of electric cars.