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18th of January 2018

Automotive



Tesla tells Uber and taxi drivers no to superchargers

Professional drivers using Tesla cars as taxis or on-demand services in the US, such as Uber and Lyft, are being told that they can no longer use the company's fast-charge 'superchargers'.

The updated policy is aimed at keeping superchargers available for other owner customers who may not have access to home or workplace charging. Reports say the updated policy applies from December 15. It will also affect commercial fleets that use Tesla cars.

"Currently, in some areas, heavy Supercharger use by commercial customers such as taxis can occasionally impact availability for other drivers," Tesla Inc. said in an emailed statement reported by Bloomberg.

Tesla also said that it could block vehicle access to a supercharger station if necessary and also that it could exclude some stations from the policy in the future.

"We encourage the use of Teslas for commercial purposes and we'll work proactively with these customers to find charging solutions that work best for them," the emailed statement added, according to Bloomberg.

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