Elon Musk Makes Superchargers Free For Ukrainians To Reach Safety

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His latest decisions will undoubtedly help the people of Ukraine reach safety.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves across the world. With countless dead and many more scampering for safety, it has proven difficult to leave the country, with airports shuttered. Many are escaping the country by car, trying to cross the border into neighboring Poland and Slovakia. In an attempt to assuage the situation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made a decision that will undoubtedly help stranded electric vehicle owners.

According to The Driven, the Model X maker is opening up the Supercharger network in parts of Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, to help EV owners scrambling for safety. In the tweet seen below, the note to customers reads, "Beginning Monday, we are temporarily enabling free Supercharging for both Tesla and non-Tesla vehicles at sites in areas impacted by the recent situation in Ukraine...we hope this gives you peace of mind to get to a safe location."

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https://twitter.com/mrsredni/status/1498038140551970816

But the CEO's generosity doesn't stop there. Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov reached out to Musk via Twitter, calling on the billionaire to provide assistance via Starlink. Musk's lesser-known company cleverly uses satellites to provide internet to secluded areas. Currently, many parts of Ukraine are without the vital service.

Fedorov tweeted, "@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars - Russia [tries] to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space - Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand."

Musk promptly replied, "Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route."

While Musk is known for his controversial decisions and unconventional business practices, these are the decisions of a stand-up guy. Previously, Tesla donated ventilators to help fight the pandemic.

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https://twitter.com/FedorovMykhailo/status/1497543633293266944

Interestingly, the decision to open up the Supercharger network to all makes and models isn't a new one. Currently, the expansive charging network is unrivaled, allowing owners to enjoy the benefits and convenience of Tesla ownership. Last year, the EV maker announced it would open Superchargers to other electric vehicles by September 2022, although this is expected to happen even sooner. This is great news for all EV drivers and will undoubtedly boost Tesla's already booming profits.

As chaos spreads across the democratic nation of Ukraine, we applaud Elon Musk for stepping in and doing what he can. After all, there's not much point in being a highly influential billionaire if you can't use your power and money for the greater good. As the invasion continues, we can only hope that Musk's decision to open up free EV charging in neighboring countries can help people reach safety, something his Starlink service will undoubtedly do.

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Source Credits: The Driven

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