Tesla operates two different networks – Supercharger and Destination. The first allows Tesla drivers to rapid charge on the UK’s major trunk roads, while Destination chargers are installed at destinations – locations where drivers are likely to spend a longer period of time.
For drivers of older Tesla models, use of both networks is free. Any Tesla ordered after 15th January 2017 will need to pay to use the rapid Supercharger points, though each vehicle has 400 kWh in Supercharging credits a year, enough for around 1,000 miles annually.
Destination chargers are free to use by all Tesla drivers who are customers of the destinations where points are located. The Fast chargers – typically 22kW – are intended to top up the Teslas over the course of several hours, as opposed to the high power 120kW Superchargers which offer a Rapid charge rate of around 170 miles of range in 30-40 minutes.
How much does the Tesla network cost?
Membership cost: None
Cost per charge: Free to owners of Teslas ordered before 16th January 2017
20p per kWh for Teslas ordered from 16th January 2017 – 400 kWh free
Membership cost: None
Cost per charge: Free
Parking charges may apply dependent on charger location
How to use the Tesla network
No separate RFID card or smartphone app is required to access Tesla Supercharger or Destination points. The units communicate with the car to ensure the vehicle is a Tesla, before commencing the charging process.
Finding Tesla chargers on Zap-Map
All Tesla points – both Supercharger and Destination – can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by Tesla customers.
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networks
The Tesla Supercharger network is the world’s fastest, with Supercharger speeds of 120 kW available. This is more than twice as fast as currently available CHAdeMO or CCS rapid units. There more than 150 Tesla Superchargers in the UK, with one connector per charge point.
The manufacturer considered providing a network of charging points essential in the promotion of electric vehicles as viable alternatives, and Tesla drivers can use Supercharger points in any country without the need to sign up for different national standards etc.
Destination chargers allow for the same international usage, and often Fast charge at 22kW. The purpose of the Destination points is to expand Tesla’s reach beyond the main motorway network where its Superchargers are located.