Obviously the victim of a computer bug, Tesla has opened up its new superchargers to competing brands. To the delight of users …
At Tesla, it’s Christmas before its time! All over Europe, users report having been able to charge their electric vehicles for free on the manufacturer’s new V3 superchargers, the deployment of which has only just started in Europe.
In Germany, rental company Nextmove was able to successfully test the system on several electric vehicles including the Volkswagen ID.3, Volkswagen e-Golf, Renault ZOE, Hyundai Kona and Kia e-Niro. All of these vehicles feature a Combo connector, standard that has been standard on Tesla superchargers since the arrival of the Model 3.
If Tesla has not yet commented on the information, everything suggests that it is a “bug” of the manufacturer’s system, unfortunately open to all electric vehicles instead of being reserved only for models of the brand.
Contacted by Auto-Propre, Tesla said he was “investigating”. It is highly likely that the problem will be fixed in the next few hours. In the meantime, this “incident” is a reminder of how easy it is for the California manufacturer to open up its network to other brands. Tesla is also not closed to the discussion and has indicated on several occasions that it is ready to find agreements to share its network with its competitors. A call that has not been heard until now, especially by the Germans who preferred to launch their own fast charging network with Ionity.
In the meantime, those who wish to experiment with charging superchargers with their “non-Tesla” electric vehicle can do so at the few stations equipped with V3 superchargers. In France they are not numerous. Those who are more motivated should go to Sisteron (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) or Les Herbiers (Vendée).
CONFIRMED! Supercharger V3 Bug! Charging an VW e-Up 2020 at Supercharger V3 Braak / Germany.Just a minute for confirmation. @ Elonmusk @Tesla will you fix this? pic.twitter.com/Lf5kIjPj6v
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