Last weekend, there were reports that owners of electric vehicles of other brands were “refueling” at European Tesla Supercharger charging stations for free. Is this a "hole" in Tesla's software or a clever move?
Tesla's new Superchargers use the CCS charger, allowing charging access to all electric vehicles equipped with a CCS2 connector. Nextmove rental service showed video of other brands of electric vehicles including VW e-Golf, VW ID.3, BMW i3, Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt EV), Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai IONIQ Electric, Renault Zoe and Porsche Taycan charging at Tesla stations completely free.
What happened can be considered a software failure. The fact is that charging at Supercharger stations is as follows: Tesla drivers connect their cars to the station, which, based on the account, recognizes the owners of electric vehicles by means of a digital “handshake”. Then the connection takes place, and after charging, the funds are debited from the owner's account.
Free “refueling” at Tesla stations became possible because Supercharger stations recognized other cars as compatible, charging took place normally, but there was nowhere to write off the payment, since the owners of these electric vehicles, of course, did not have registration in the Tesla ecosystem.