Is It Ok For Tesla To Disable 3rd-Party Fast Charging In Salvage Cars?

As Rich Benoit appropriately asks, who owns the cars?

If you have still not watched Rich Rebuild’s last video, you should. It makes a comprehensive catch up of all the videos Rich Benoit has created to show issues Tesla has. All that to mention something the company decided to do and that may also become a problem in the future: disabling the capability salvage Teslas have to fast charge at third-party fast-charging networks.

We received this information from Yaro Shcherbanyuk, who we mentioned here when a strange accident happened to a Tesla Model S. Shcherbanyuk works at, dismantling and recovering Tesla vehicles. Just like Benoit did with his Delores.

Shcherbanyuk got in touch on February 11. This was his message:

“I get turning off supercharging on salvage vehicles. But now they say they can and will disable third-party fast charging on salvage title AND unsupported vehicles. Your car becomes unsupported if you take it to a different country.”

We immediately thought about Benoit and sent him a message the next morning. One of our competitors wrote an article about the new policy on the same day, but after we sent the email. Although we initially thought Benoit referred to our message in the video above, his viewers probably read the competition’s article and wanted to know what he thought about the new Tesla policy as much as we did.

Benoit answered that Tesla already did that and “sort of allowed Supercharging for prior salvage cars,” provided they had gone through Tesla’s certification program. We are not sure he saw what was different when we sent him the new policy or when he read the article, but the fact is that the matter inspired him to create a new video.

The YouTuber agrees that Tesla has to protect its Supercharger network, but he sarcastically criticizes the company for many of its practices. He also asks who owns the cars: Tesla or the buyers. Benoit does not mention that, but this is the same sort of question Ferrari clients often have to ask with the way the Italian company acts towards its products. Many clients have been sued for modifying them. Tesla seems to want to follow the same path.

Shcherbanyuk told us the American EV producer has not titled the policy “unsupported vehicles” by chance. They are of many kinds.

“This doesn’t only apply to salvage title cars. This applies to any unsupported Tesla car. Many times, if you take your Tesla to a different county, it can and usually will be marked as unsupported. So imagine you’re spending $80,000 on a new car but something has come up and you have to move to a different country and want to take your car with you. Tesla decides that’s a ‘no’ and blocks you off from supercharging. Now you’re stuck with local driving because Tesla is a big brother and you shouldn’t be allowed to fast charge or supercharge in another country.” 

If that is your case, pay attention. You may end up without Supercharging in the middle of a trip, as Benoit shows in the video below, published in May 2018.