The super-fast charging of Tesla electric vehicles has just arrived in new cities in Germany. The only problem? Every electric vehicle can use the new charging stations. Free.
The V3 charging stations were installed all over Berlin and will be located in other parts of Europe after the start of the fast charging system in California in 2019. According to Tesla, the parent connection offers a range of 75 miles in five minutes. Tesla drivers in Germany pay 0.33 euros per kWh and the sedan model 3 has a 50 kWh battery, so a full battery charge would be around 1
The charging system is said to be reserved exclusively for Tesla owners, but the physical connection at the European stations fits into other ports for electric vehicles. Usually the software should need a Tesla account for the electrons to flow and an attached credit card to pay for the juice. But that doesn’t happen at the European loading ports.
Electrek reported that a German EV rental company tested various non-Tesla vehicles at the charging stations and found that all of these battery plug-in vehicles worked for free:
Here is a video on charging (completely in German, by the way):
We contacted Tesla about the apparent bug but didn’t hear about it.
In the meantime, electric drivers in Europe who have not opted for a Tesla can use the company’s rapid charging system, which is distributed across Europe.