Tesla Superchargers free to use for all electric cars today

Tesla is today allowing electric car drivers in the UK to charge for free to mark the 10th anniversary of its Supercharger network in Europe. 

Open to owners of all EVs and not just Teslas, the firm’s Supercharger devices will be free to use from 08:00 to 23:59 BST on Tuesday 29 August. The last charging sessions must begin by 22:59 at the latest, however.

The network made its European debut on 19 August 2013 in Norway, and since then has expanded to include 36 countries in Europe and 13,000 individual chargers.

The initiative comes as part of Tesla’s Summer Celebrations, wherein the firm offers its thanks to Tesla owners who have supported the firm since it began, and contributed to the growth of its Supercharger network, which now comprises 9200 devices across Europe. 

As of November 2021, the European Supercharger network started to accept EVs from other brands, with 15 individual locations in the UK currently taking part in a pilot scheme allowing all EVs to use the network.

Last week, the firm launched its latest-generation V4 supercharger in the UK – which will eventually open up chargers across the UK to electric cars of all brands, and finally introduces contactless payment.

The firm’s newest rapid charger features a three-metre-long cable that can supply power at rates of up to 250kW for EVs with a CCS connection – activated either by contactless card payment or via the Tesla smartphone app. Prices are set at 50p per kWh. 

While other charging firms have already introduced faster chargers, for instance, Gridserve’s 350kW High Power unit, a spokesperson for Tesla told Autocar the V4 was “future-proof” thanks to over-the-air updates, and that faster rates could be possible in the future.

The V4 features a more discreet design than Tesla’s previous-generation V3 charger. The design with a large aperture, which has been a Tesla staple for three generations of chargers, has been replaced by a solid box. 

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