Tesla has agreed to sell its Supercharger technology to garage forecourt chain EG Group. The charging stations will be installed in forecourts across the country, where they’ll be branded evpoint and open to all EVs. Read on for all you need to know.
Tesla has never sold its technology to third parties until now, with a deal reached to sell its Superchargers to EG Group. The chain of forecourts and service stations will install the chargers at its sites, where the hardware will be open to all EVs.
They won’t be branded as Superchargers either, instead wearing evpoint branding. The first of these new chargers will be installed by the end of the year, with a long-term goal of more than 20,000 charging points across 3,600 sites in the UK. Tesla’s own existing network of more than 1,100 Superchargers will continue as a separate entity run by the American EV firm.
Commenting on the landmark deal, EG Group Founder Zuber Issa said: “Securing this best-in-class equipment from Tesla marks another milestone for evpoint and is hugely exciting for us. It is the first deal of its kind entered into by Tesla with a third-party charge point operator in Europe and will transform how our customers charge their vehicles and how they interact with EG.”
Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure also commented on the importance of building a reliable charging network, while also confirming that Superchargers could be made available to other charge point operators in the future. She said:
“The rapid installation of reliable, easy-to-use EV charging infrastructure is the right step towards a sustainable future and a key area of focus for us at Tesla. For this reason, we’re excited to make our fast-charging hardware available for purchase to EG Group, and other leaders in the space.”
Tesla launched its V4 Supercharger earlier this year, and it’s also open to all EVs, although the majority of existing Superchargers are still exclusive to Tesla vehicles. The V4 can deliver up to 250kW, enough to gain approximately 150 miles of range in 10 minutes, and it has the ability to be upgraded to reach higher speeds in the future.
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