Tesla company decides to offer free EV charging in parts of Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary that border with Ukraine.
The electric vehicle maker announced the good news to local users in an email.
According to reports, an estimated 677,000 people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries since the invasion of Russian to Ukraine which began last Thursday.
Tesla is offering free charging in parts of Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary that border Ukraine, where thousands of people are fleeing from conflict, reported Electrek.
The electric car company made the announcement in an email to local Tesla owners, according to Electrek, which covers electric vehicles and sustainable energy.
As of Monday, the Tesla company has temporarily enabled “free Supercharging for both Tesla and Non-Tesla vehicles at sites in areas affect by the recent condition in Ukraine,” Electrek reported, citing the email. The free charging service is available in four cities. They include: Trzebownisko, Poland; Koice, Slovakia; and Miskolc and Debrecen in Hungary.
“We hope that this helps give you the peace of mind to get to a safe location,” Tesla wrote in the email, per Electrek.
Tesla doesn’t have operations in Ukraine. The electric car company did not immediately respond to news reporters request for comment.
An estimated 677,000 people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries since Russia’s invasion last week, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees “Filippo Grandi” said on Monday.
Tesla has a history of proactively offering free Supercharging services for EV owners affected by natural disasters, such as those hit by Hurricane Florence and the California wildfires in 2018 but this is the first time the company is offering free charging for non-Tesla EV owners, according to by report Electrek.
The new development comes following the Tesla CEO “Elon Musk” who is also the CEO of SpaceX personally responded to a weekend request from Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, “Mykhailo Fedorov”, for more Starlink stations.
Musk said the SpaceX Starlink satellite service had since been activated in Ukraine and promised that terminals were on process.
On Monday,Fedorov tweeted a photo that appears to show a truckload of Starlink terminals, saying they were now in the country.