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Guy easily recharges his Renault Zoé in a Tesla Supercharger

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35w ago

Still without much competition (Ionity is still less developed and less reliable), the vast Supercharger network is without doubt Tesla's key selling point. And the Californian brand intends to keep this precious lead and gradually deploy the V3 Superchargers to further reduce charging time.

However, the arrival of these new Superchargers has made more people happy than expected. A major bug has opened up access to the stations to other electric vehicles. This is revealed in the video of a Renault Zoé owner who plugs into a V3 Supercharger without any problem.

Under normal circumstances, the charge should have been refused as the car is not a Tesla. But this time, the Supercharger delivers the electrons without hesitation. The other good news is that the charge is totally free because unlike Ionity, there is no need at Tesla to identify yourself and use a badge.

The Supercharger therefore distributes the kWh to a phantom user who is not connected to any bank account. Other electric vehicles have also managed to connect to these new Superchargers in Europe. It is therefore more than certain that an update will quickly remedy this problem.

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Comments (22)

  • It should be a norm. Charging points as infrastructures shouldn't be exclusively for one kind of vehicles only.

      8 months ago
    • True but i don't think Tesla plans to make their changers available for everyone.

        8 months ago
    • Well too bad. If the technology is possible, everyone else will follow.

        8 months ago
  • Yeah, this won't last long. Nothing is free in the world of capitalism. Expect malicious code shortly. Plug in a fry yo car!

      8 months ago
    • Sadly this could be true after a while. Tesla may patch a certificate system that only allows Tesla cars to get charged at a supercharger.

        8 months ago
  • This won't end without fines i think.

      8 months ago
  • That Renault driver is probably the kind of guy to carry an extension cord, you know to barrow some power from thy neighbors.

      7 months ago
  • The cognoscenti are guessing this 'software glitch' is done on purpose to get other EV owners used to the reliability, speed and convenience of the Supercharger network for two reasons. Customer pressure from non-Tesla Owners to their manufacturer to join Tesla in enlarging the network so that their own customers can benefit and also make EV ownership more attractive thus selling more EVs. Allied to that the people owning the non-Tesla cars will suddenly miss those wonderful chargers when they turn the taps off again... and will trade up to a Tesla to regain the benefits commensurate with ownership. Used Model 3's are popping up now and although they hold their value extremely well, every saving from a new price brings premium ownership closer to us lesser mortals.

      7 months ago