Tesla is expanding select British Superchargers to other EVs., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize
Tesla is expanding select British Superchargers to other EVs., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize

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As part of the “Accelerating the World’s Sustainable Energy Transition” pilot project, the company has announced that Tesla is expanding its charging network to non-Tesla electric vehicle owners at select locations in the United Kingdom.

Around 158 devices at 15 Supercharger stations in the United Kingdom will be available to non-Tesla drivers. Drivers can access the Supercharger network through the Tesla smartphone app.

The 15 locations that will initially be open to non-Tesla owners are: Aberystwyth, Adstone, Aviemore, Banbury, Birmingham St Andrews, Cardiff, Dundee, Flint, Folkestone Eurotunnel, Grace, Manchester Trafford Centre, Thetford, Trumpton, Uxbridge and Wokingham.

As part of the pilot, Tesla is expanding the monitoring of any site congestion.

Current Tesla owners benefit from the lowest tariffs, while new users can opt for a monthly subscription that costs £10.99 a month for a slightly lower price. On the other hand, the average price for non-members is 60p per kWh, although prices vary by location.

“It has always been our ambition to open the Supercharger network to non-Tesla Electric Vehicles and by doing so encourage more drivers to go electric. More customers using the Supercharger network enables faster expansion,” Tesla said in a statement. 

“Our goal is to learn and iterate quickly, while continuing to aggressively expand the network, so we can eventually welcome both Tesla and non-Tesla drivers at every Supercharger worldwide.”

Drivers can see if the charger is compatible with their non-Tesla Electric Vehicle, as well as location availability. Tesla chargers have two wires, but non-Tesla cars can only use CCS connectors.

Much of the appeal of Tesla vehicles comes from the exclusivity of the Supercharger network. There are around 25,000 devices in 2,500 stations around the world, including around 600 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk initially announced his intention to open the network in July 2021, with plans to offer Tesla charging in all countries “over time.”

Elon Musk is unhappy with Tesla being kicked out of the S&P 500 ESG Index, which ranks companies based on environmental, social and governance principles, with the sole purpose of accelerating the global adoption of sustainable energy.

During the recent rebalancing of the S&P 500 ESG Index, S&P Dow Jones Indices noted that Tesla was removed from the notable list due to its low S&P Dow Jones Indices ESG score. S&P Dow Jones Indices cited Tesla’s handling of self-driving-related incidents and the controversy surrounding the Fremont factory as reasons for the company’s low score.

In response to a rebalancing of the S&P 500 ESG index that has resulted in oil companies such as Exxon Mobil ranking higher than Tesla, Elon Musk tweeted his thoughts on the matter. Musk’s words were bold, calling ESG an “outrageous scam.” He also explained that the company behind the move “lost its integrity.”

“Exxon Mobil ranks in the top 10 in the world for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) on the S&P 500, while Tesla is not!” Musk in one of his tweets on the subject wrote.

The Tesla CEO spent some time focusing on the rebalancing of the S&P 500 ESG index, noting in a later tweet that ESG “has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.” A few memes have also been posted on the subject.

An S&P spokesman declined to comment on Musk’s recent inflammatory remarks. “We would simply reiterate the explanation laid out,” a spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.

Overall, Musk’s anger at the S&P 500 ESG rebalancing is understandable. As revealed in Tesla’s 2021 Impact Report, the company has made significant strides in making itself as sustainable as possible. It is then quite surprising, if not a tad bit disappointing, to see the S&P 500 ESG Index using allegations that are yet to be proven to lower the company’s S&P DJI ESG score.

As for placing Exxon Mobil higher, the irony is overwhelming!

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