Tank & Rast is in a near monopoly position as it holds the concession for almost all Autobahn rest stops in Germany and their filling stations and Tesla is suing them for the right to install charging stations along the Autobahn.
It used to be a state-owned company before it was privatized in 1998, and it retained a close relationship with the government, resulting in its near monopoly.
Now the company has claimed that its near monopoly on fuel stops along the Autobahn extends to charging stations for electric vehicles.
Tesla, along with Netherlands-based charging station company Fastned, has decided to sue in order to challenge this monopoly and be able to deploy stations along the German Autobahn.
Starting Thursday, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court will be hearing whether the federal government will extend the Tank & Rast monopoly at motorway service stations to include fast charging.
Tesla and Fastned argue there’s no reason for Tank & Rast’s monopoly on gas stations to extend to charging stations as they are completely different business.
Fastned also noted that it gives the company too much power as they get to decide where and if a specific location along the highways will get a charging station.
A ruling is not expected to be achieved today, but negotiations are expected to start.