Electric cars were able to charge for free, pointing to the fact that drivers were using more than 250 kW capable chargers. Although the connection port Tesla used in its European supercharger is the “standard” for EVs on the continent, they were not previously able to charge other manufacturer’s vehicles.
Tesla cars connect with the superchargers they are powering for many reasons. The owner of a car has to charge for the limit that they achieve. The second is to lock the charger in the vehicle.
But ever since Tesla has started rolling out V3 superchargers in Europe that use CCS connections, electric vehicles have been able to use the electric automaker’s infrastructure to charge their cars. Capacity was displayed in a video next move, A European electric car rental company.
The charging loophole was tested with eight different European electric cars, and it managed to operate without significant issues, the video states.
next move Volkswagen E-Golf, ID.3, BMW i3, Hyundai’s Kona EV and IONIQ EV, featured the V3 supercharger powering the Renault Zoe, Porsche Tekken and Opel Amper-E.
Three of the first listed cars were listed in Europe’s Top 5 best-selling EVs for June: the Renault Zoe, Hyundai Kona EV, and VW E-Golf ranked first, third, and fourth in the rankings, respectively. EV Sales Blog.
This means that some of the most popular electric cars in the European market will be able to take advantage of this loophole if they are near a V3 supercharger. However, Tesla needs to be able to fix the problem with a quick software update, so it may not last very long.
Although Tesla CEO Elon Musk once said that Tesla’s supercharges will be available to other manufacturers in the future, but that may not happen now. Musk said during the 2018 Q1 earnings call that the company’s supercharging infrastructure was “not a walled garden”, hinting that other EVs could use chargers at some points. Nevertheless, the capacity was not released until now. Had they enabled this capability, Tesla would have been announced, but the company has not made any such statement.
Video from next move Available below.