Tesla under European Commission’s investigation9 czerwca, 2023
As we all know, Tesla has made its Superchargers available to drivers of other car brands in selected countries. Unfortunately, at the same time, access to them has been restricted only to residents of those specific countries. According to our editor Marek Polak, this violates the principle of equal treatment of all European Union citizens in terms of service accessibility, regardless of their place of residence.
He has lodged a complaint against Tesla with Commissioner Thierry Breton, who is known for his efforts in enforcing the transition from Lightning to USB-C by Apple. Today, he received a response from the Commissioner’s office, which is eagerly awaited.
We have received your email to Commissioner Breton in good order. He has asked me to reply on his behalf.
In your email, you inform that Tesla has started opening its recharging stations to non- Tesla brands in a number of EU Member States. However, you indicate that these recharging stations can be used only by citizens of those respective Member States. You allege that this constitutes a violation of your right to equal treatment as an EU citizen.
We have taken up your complaint and forwarded it to Tesla to obtain their views. We are currently awaiting their reply and will come back to you once we receive it and have assessed it against the EU acquis.
On a sidenote, please note that, in principle, all Tesla recharging stations should be open to both Tesla and non-Tesla electric vehicles, unless they are not publicly accessible in the meaning of Directive 2014/94/EU (soon to be replaced by the new Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation).
Thanking you in advance for your patience.