Many companies have made efforts to make life easier for people in Ukraine during the ongoing Russian invasion, Tesla has done the same by making supercharging any compatible electric car, including non-Tesla’s, free of charge.
In an email to Tesla owners, the automaker announced that it will wave the fee to supercharge electric vehicles in several countries around Ukraine. The no cost areas are Poland (Trzebownisko), Slovakia (Košice) and Hungary (Miskolc and Debrecen).
Tesla’s vast network of superchargers can fill up an electric car with 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes. On average, charging an EV costs around $0.25 per KW which would translate to around $22 to get enough juice for a 250 miles range.
According to a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency on Tuesday, around 660,000 people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.
In another report by Kyiv Independent in January, it was stated that Ukraine had an estimated 30,000 electric cars on its roads, so this move by Tesla could potentially save a lot of lives.
Elon Musk, head of Tesla, went further to send a number of Starlink satellite terminals to Ukraine to improve the country’s internet in this difficult time. Starlink is owned by Space X, which is also headed by the tech billionaire.
This is not the first time Elon Musk’s companies have come in the aid of people in difficult situations. They offered free supercharging for those in the path of Hurricane Michael to get out of the way quicker.