Until now reserved only for owners of the brand’s vehicles, Tesla’s network of superchargers is gradually opening up to other manufacturers. After a first pilot experiment launched last November in the Netherlands, Tesla is extending its program to France with a first network of 16 stations open to all.
Mimul, one of our loyal member of the Tesla Mag forum, shared his charging experience with his Mégane E-tech. He also owns a Tesla Model Y but took out his E-tech to test Tesla’s charging service. He experimented with the system in Vélizy, in the Paris region.
Without a magnetic card or bank card, access to the Tesla network terminals is via the manufacturer’s mobile application. To do this, you must first create an account and fill in your bank details. Once the registration has been completed, it is once again the application that “drives” the activation of the terminal. All you have to do is connect your car to one of the superchargers, then enter the reference in the application to start charging.
Rather simple in terms of operation, confirms the user of the Mégane E-tech: ” It works great. Good with a CCS at 22 kWh it’s not very fast but I had during my charge 13 kWh with a battery at 96%. He stayed there for 15 minutes. (Not to be repeated because this vehicle does not require a charge, it is better to recharge your vehicle from 20% remaining charge).
An alternative to the Ionity network
In terms of costs, access to the Tesla Supercharger is charged per kWh. At the station tested in Vélizy, the price is set at €0.67/kWh. A price to which may be added unjustified occupancy costs (up to €1), if you do not quickly release the car once the charge is complete. The big rollers will also be able to subscribe to a subscription formula. Billed at €12.99/month, this allows you to benefit from a preferential rate.
A reasonable price when compared to the rates charged by the Ionity network (€0.79/kWh). For him, ” the only concern will be to manage the loads with the cars whose sockets are on the wrong side“. As is already the case… We will see over time, but it is very likely that Tesla will react. And then 16 Superchargers, it’s not nothing!
And to the Internet user to comment: “ It charges very slowly. It was just for a test and the battery was full. I will do a nearly empty battery test again to see. Too bad the Mégane E-tech can’t heat the battery, it would help the charging speed. In my opinion from 20 to 80% would take about 1 hour.”
In summary: He paid €8.84 for 13 kWh. The experience was not ideal, but quite ok. This is just the beginning !
Here is a detailed press review on the opening of superchargers
Here is the complete list of Superchargers open to everyone.