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Tesla offers free charging for electric vehicles fleeing Ukraine

Tesla is offering free charging for non-Tesla EV owners for people fleeing Ukraine. Caption: (Picture: Reuters; Getty)

Elon Musk’s Tesla is offering free charging for electric vehicles in four cities around Ukraine for those fleeing the country following the Russian invasion.

It applies to parts of Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary that border Ukraine, where thousands of people are currently fleeing from conflict, reported Electrek.

The company announced the news in an email to local Tesla owners, according to reports by Electrek.

As of Monday, Tesla has temporarily enabled ‘free Supercharging for both Tesla and Non-Tesla vehicles at sites in areas impacted by the recent situation in Ukraine,’ read the email.

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The free charging service is available in four cities namely, Trzebownisko in Poland; Košice in 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.

Shenzhen. China - November 15, 2016: Tesla model S cars charging their battery with the Tesla supercharger station near Shenzhen sport arena. Tesla is an American automotive and energy storage company that designs, manufactures and sells luxury electric cars

Tesla has temporarily enabled free charging at sites around Ukraine. (Credits: Getty)

More than 500,000 people have already fled Ukraine for neighbouring countries following the Russian invasion, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Monday.

Tesla has a history of proactively offering free charging services for Tesla owners affected by natural disasters, such as those hit by Hurricane Florence and the California wildfires of 2018.

Howeve, this is the first time it’s offering free charging for non-Tesla EV owners, according to Electrek.

The development comes after Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of SpaceX, responded to a tweet from Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, requesting Starlink stations to respore Ukraine’s internet. 

In less than 24 hours, Musk said the SpaceX Starlink satellite service had been activated in Ukraine and promised terminals were on the way.

On Monday, Fedorov tweeted a photo of a truckload of Starlink terminals, thanking Musk.

Tesla doesn’t have operations in Ukraine and a mere 700 people reportedly own Teslas in Russia.

MORE : Elon Musk activates Starlink in Ukraine to keep internet turned on

MORE : More than 2,000 innocent civilians killed in Ukraine week into Putin’s invasion

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