Tesla: We tested superchargers for everyone

In France, 16 Tesla superchargers have been open to competition since Monday, January 31. We were able to test one of them at the wheel of a BMW i4 in Vélizy, in the Paris region.

Until now reserved only for owners of the brand, Tesla’s supercharger network 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. Taking advantage of an upcoming comparison, Automobile Propre experimented with the system in Vélizy, in the Paris region.

How it works ?

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 and then enter the reference in the application to start charging.

A little taken by the weather, we were unable to empty the entire battery of our BMW i4 before recharging. In fact, we could not reach the maximum charging power (250 kW on the V3 superchargers and 200 kW on the BMW i4).

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 0.56 €/kWh. A price to which may be added unjustified occupancy costs (up to €1), if you do not quickly release the car once it has been loaded. 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 of around €0.40/kWh.

« It works well. This will allow you to have something other than Ionity stations for long journeys comments Luc, who came to test the station with his Kia e-Niro. ” In terms of cost, it’s a good compromise. I don’t charge very quickly with the Niro so I might as well be billed per kWh. In the end, we are placed between the Tesla cost and the Ionity cost »

« Won’t Tesla owners risk pouting ? asks our journalist. “The most important thing is to pay attention to where you park your car to avoid blocking the socket next door, since the Teslas have the socket at the rear left” replies our interlocutor.

For the time being, only 16 supercharger stations in France accept vehicles from non-Tesla owners.


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