Tesla has made supercharged electric vehicles free for people fleeing Ukraine – Robb Report

Tesla is doing what it can to help people get out of Ukraine.

In response to Russia’s attack on February 24, the American brand, led by billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk, has made electric vehicle charging free for those fleeing the war-torn country.

In an email to local Tesla owners, the automaker said it would waive supercharging fees in several countries around Ukraine. The email, which was published by Electrek, says Tesla and non-Tesla electric vehicles can be charged for free in Poland (Trzebownisko), Slovakia (Košice) and Hungary (Miskolc and Debrecen).

“We hope this helps give you peace of mind to get to a safe place,” the email read.

Tesla claims its Supercharger can charge electric cars up to 200 miles in just 15 minutes.

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To date, around 660,000 refugees have fled Ukraine following the Russian military invasion, the UN Refugee Agency reported on Tuesday.

Tesla claims its Supercharger can charge electric cars up to 200 miles in just 15 minutes. The brand currently owns and operates around 30,000 Superchargers that are accessible 24/7. While prices fluctuate by location, the average Supercharger will set you back $0.25 per KW, meaning a full charge at around 250 miles of range would typically cost around $22.

Tesla has previously offered free supercharging to owners following natural disasters such as hurricanes, but this is the first time the automaker has done so during a war. It also appears to be the first time that non-Tesla electric vehicles have also been included. (Tesla no longer has a PR department that can confirm this.)

Although Tesla does not officially operate in Ukraine, many residents have themselves imported Teslas into the country. In fact, the Kyiv Independent reported in January that there are currently around 30,000 electric vehicles on Ukrainian roads.

Musk also recently sent a number of Starlink satellite terminals to Ukraine to improve the country’s internet. Hey, every little bit counts.

Christy J. Olson