Published on October 10th, 2018 |
by Zachary Shahan
October 10th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan
Following in its tradition of lending an extra helping hand to those in need (which is, more or less, the entire underlying mission of Tesla), the Californian company is again letting Tesla owners who are in the path of Hurricane Michael get out of the way quicker via free Supercharging.
Some may find this a little confusing, so let’s go back a bit and explain a few things:
Whereas most other fully electric cars have a max charging capacity of 50 kW or so, Tesla’s vehicles have the capability to charge at a rate of approximately 120 kW at one of its thousands of Supercharging stations.
What that means in human terms is that you can drive a long distance at a convenient pace, taking breaks to charge up while you use the restroom, get some food, etc. (My experience from driving a Tesla Model S from Poland to Paris and back was that it was a little slower than it would have been in a gas car but much more comfortable and highly convenient. I didn’t have to think about the pit stops at all since Tesla’s brilliant navigation did all of the work and Autopilot is a dream feature for a road trip.)
Supercharging was free for Tesla Model S and Model X buyers for years, but it is now something you may have to pay extra for when you buy a new Tesla, and certainly if you’re buying a Model 3.
Free Supercharging is enabled via the car’s ID in Tesla’s system and its Silicon Valley approach to the automobile industry.
Back to the hurricane, Tesla opened up free Supercharging to all Tesla drivers in the path of another hurricane in Florida last year. Since then, when a new giant storm comes along (which, unfortunately, we can count on more and more), Tesla opens up its charging ports free of charge (no pun initially intended). It’s now doing so for people near Hurricane Michael.
— Tesla (@Tesla) October 10, 2018
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Why not engineer more hurricanes for the benefit of free Supercharging?
I’m sure some mad scientist is working on that right now.
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