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China’s Tesla Offers Free Supercharging Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Jordan Major

The entire world is on high alert amid the current public health scare in China arising from the Coronavirus outbreak.

Through it all, Tesla announced that it would offer free Supercharging for an indefinite period for all customers in China. The company aims to help drivers travel more quickly and efficiently away from the affected regions.

Images shared by Tesla owner @Ray4Tesla shows that the company is offering these free services at all its Superchargers installed across the country. The Tesla notification read:

“To make it easier for you to travel during the coronavirus outbreak, effective today, we will temporarily open all Tesla vehicles to be free to charge at the Supercharging station until the epidemic is resolved.”

Tesla hopes that during this period, the affected individuals can replenish electricity efficiently and use their cars smoothly when needed. Once the epidemic is neutralized, the company will notify its customers before they reset their vehicles to their original configuration.

Acts of Kindness

Tesla has repeatedly shown gestures of kindness to customers in crisis. For instance, in August 2019, the company provided free Supercharging to customers in Florida fleeing Hurricane Dorian. Moreover, the company delivered over-the-air updates to offer more range and offer customers additional miles.

In 2018, Tesla also offered free Supercharging services to customers affected by Hurricane Michael. A year earlier, the company developed a software update to several vehicles offering them more range as Hurricane Irma drew near.

So far, the deadly coronavirus has reportedly claimed at least 106 lives and infected over 4,515 globally. The US State Department has urged Americans to suspend all non-essential travel to China. On the other hand, the Chinese government has sealed off the Wuhan industrial hub, where the outbreak originated and the adjacent cities.

Tesla Stock

The TSLA stock has gained around 1.17% on January 28, trading at $564.56. That gain has enabled the company to acquire a market cap of over $100 billion. In the long term, the stock is poised for more gains as more developments, and bullish announcements keep coming from the company’s ownership.

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