Tesla made a mistake to charge electric cars from other manufacturers for free at its new Supercharger charging stationsSeptember 14, 2020
Some non-Tesla electric vehicle owners have found that they can charge batteries for virtually free at new Supercharger V3 stations in Europe that use the common CCS standard. As it turned out, this was a mistake, not a conceived opportunity.
With the launch of Model 3 electric vehicles and Supercharger V3 charging stations in Europe, Tesla moved to the CCS common charging standard. And while most other EVs use the same standard and plug, that doesn’t mean other EVs could also use Tesla’s vast network of Superchargers. Tesla electric vehicles still need to perform software pairing (“handshake”) with the Supercharger before the charging process begins. This pairing also handles charging charges that will be linked to the driver’s Tesla account.
However, several publications immediately indicate that almost any other electric vehicle with the CCS standard can be charged from the new Tesla Supercharger V3 with CCS support in Europe. Electric car rental company Nextmove has tested this with various third-party EVs and has compiled a list of models that can be charged for free:
Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt EV)
Hyundai kona electric
Hyundai IONIQ Electric
This is most likely a bug and not a intended feature, as Tesla does not provide free battery charging for electric vehicles without being linked to a Tesla account. It is assumed that the error has crept into the software “handshake”, and the electric car charge is initialized even if the system does not detect that a Tesla electric car is connected.
Tesla has previously stated that it is open to the idea of sharing the Supercharger network with other automakers, but this will be subject to a cost-sharing agreement. There were rumors that Tesla was in talks with other automakers about a deal like this, but it got nowhere.
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