Can I use Tesla chargers for other cars?

As Tesla slowly opens up its Superchargers to other EV owners, who else can take advantage of the tech giant's Australian fast-charging network?

When the Tesla Model S hit Australian roads in 2014, Tesla also unveiled its first local Superchargers.

Offering fast charging at rates of 150kW up to 250kW, Superchargers get your Tesla topped up and back on the road much more quickly than Tesla's 11.5kW destination chargers.

Today, there are more than 60 Tesla Supercharger stations across Australia – mostly on the eastern seaboard – with more than 400 individual charging stalls.

As the nation's electric car uptake starts to accelerate, Tesla has made a small number of its 150kW chargers available to other electric vehicle (EV) owners.

So, can you use Tesla chargers for other types of cars? Here's what you need to know...

Which electric cars can use Tesla's Superchargers?

While Teslas use a proprietary charging plug overseas, Australian Teslas, and Supercharger sites, support the CCS charging standard used by most EVs sold in Australia (with the Nissan Leaf as a notable exception).

Initially, only five Australian Supercharger locations support non-Tesla EV charging, and you'll find them off the beaten track in Bathurst, Dubbo, Hollydene, Narooma and Tamworth.

The goal is to eventually welcome both Tesla and non-Tesla drivers at every Supercharger worldwide.

How much do Tesla Superchargers cost for non-Tesla cars?

As you'd expect, other EV owners pay more than Tesla owners to take advantage of the Supercharger network.

Rates vary by site, and are available via the Tesla app, but non-Tesla owners should expect to pay 79 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), compared to about 58–70 cents/kWh for Tesla vehicles.

However, non-Tesla owners can sign up for a $9.99 per month subscription, which cuts the charging cost to 66 cents per kilowatt-hour.

For an EV with a 60kWh battery, you'll pay roughly $35 to $42 to fully charge a Tesla car or $47.40 for a non-Tesla car, which comes down to $39.60 for a non-Tesla with the monthly subscription.

Be warned, Tesla will also slug you with an "idle fee" if you linger too long after your EV is fully charged. It's 50 cents per minute if at least half the charging stalls are in use, going up to $1 per minute if the charge station is fully occupied. 

Thankfully, the Tesla app notifies you when your EV is nearly charged and again when charging is complete, after which you get a five-minute grace period to be on your way.

Can I use Tesla Superchargers without the app?

No, you need to download the Tesla app (version 4.2.3 or higher) for iOS or Android and create a Tesla account, even when charging a non-Tesla EV.

Select 'Charge Your Non-Tesla' and find your Supercharger site, then add your payment method, plug in your car, select a stall and tap 'Start Charging'. Select 'Stop Charging' to complete your session.

Tesla owners can also charge non-Tesla EVs using their Tesla app and account.

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