Tesla Secures Over €148 Million to Build 7,200 Chargers in EU
Tesla has secured EUR 148,720,000 ($158 million USD) in funding from the European Union for the expansion of its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. This comes as part of the EU’s broader financial commitment of over EUR 352 million to foster greener mobility.
Tesla Italy has been allocated a unit contribution of EUR 133,780,000 for the purpose of deploying 6,458 recharging points in the following 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, and Sweden.
In addition, Tesla Poland has been granted EUR 14,940,000 to install 740 recharging stations in these six countries: Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia.
In total, Tesla’s funding from the European Union is directed towards the establishment or modernization of 7,198 EV recharging points across 22 European countries (via @MarcoRPi2).
European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, noted, “Our investment of €352 million will translate into approximately 12,000 charging points, 18 hydrogen refuelling stations, and the electrification of ports and airports.”
Paloma Aba Garrote, the Director of the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), affirmed the EU’s commitment, stating, “The European Union remains committed to endorsing initiatives that enhance the transition to more environmentally friendly modes of transport.”
Tesla’s V3 Superchargers all include CCS2 in Europe, a single cable that can charge all Tesla Model S/X and Model 3/Y from 2019 and newer. The company already has opened up various Superchargers in Europe to non-Tesla vehicles.
“To access V3 Supercharging with a pre-May 2019 Model S or Model X vehicle, please request a CCS Combo 2 Upgrade quote from your local Service Center,” says Tesla, which adds that, “All V2 Superchargers in Europe feature dual-cable posts to accommodate both DC Type 2 and CCS Combo 2 charge-ports.”
The ‘Magic Dock’ allows charging of both Tesla vehicles and non Tesla EVs using the company’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) port and also the CCS standard.
The funding is part of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (AFIF), which has an overall budget of EUR 1.5 billion for the period between 2021 and 2027. The next cut-off date for AFIF proposals is November 7, 2023.