In France, 27 Tesla supercharger stations are open to competition, a pilot process that began on January 31, 2022. For information, France has 118 stations. So it is 22% of Tesla stations that are currently open.
Until now reserved only for owners of the brand’s cars, Tesla’s supercharger network is slowly opening up to other manufacturers. After the first pilot test launched last November in the Netherlands, Tesla is expanding its program to France with the first network of 16 stations open to all.
Vortex, one of our loyal members of Tesla Mag Conference shared with us his charging experience with his Dacia Spring. He also owns a Tesla Model 3 but took his Spring to test Tesla’s payment service. He tested the system in Vélizy, in the Paris region.
Without a magnetic card or a debit card, access to Tesla’s network centers is through the manufacturer’s mobile app. To do this, you must first create an account and fill in your bank details. Once the registration is complete, it is once again the program that “runs” the terminal activation. All you have to do is connect your car to one of the main chargers, then enter the reference in the app to start charging.
It is rather simple as an operation, confirms the user of Dacia Spring: ” It works great. Good with CCS with 22 kWh not very fast but during charging I had 13 kWh and battery at 96%.. He stayed there for 15 minutes. (It should not be repeated because this car does not need charging, it is better to charge your car from the remaining 20% charge).
An alternative to the Ionity network
In terms of cost, access to a Tesla Supercharger is charged per kWh. In the tested station in Vélizy, the price is set at €0.68/kWh. The price to which may be added unnecessary costs of stay (up to €1), if you do not release the car quickly once the payment is completed. Senior operators will also be able to sign up for the subscription formula. Paid at €12.99/month, this allows you to benefit from a level of privileges.
Good price compared to the rates charged by the Ionity network (€0.79/kWh). For him, ” the only concern will be managing the charge with cars where the sockets are on the wrong side“. As it is already… We will see in time but it is very likely that Tesla will respond. And then Supercharger 16, it’s nothing!
And for the Internet user to comment: ” It charges very slowly. It was just for testing and the battery was full. I’ll do the near empty battery test again to see. Too bad Dacia Spring can’t charge the battery, it would help the charging speed. In my opinion from 20 to 80% will take about 1 hour.”
In summary: He paid €8.84 for 13 kWh. The experience wasn’t great, but that’s okay. This is just the beginning!
Here is a detailed review of the press on the opening of the supercharger
Here is a complete list of Superchargers open to everyone.