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In recent days, Europe has been hit by the most catastrophic flooding in the region in 20 years due to climate change. Hundreds of people have died and thousands are missing. Tesla has made free access to Superchargers in flood-affected areas of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium so that people can find a safe haven as soon as possible.
As of today, a catastrophic situation continues to grow in Europe, associated with heavy downpours due to which huge floods were formed. Hundreds of people in different parts of the region have died and thousands are missing. Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium were hit hardest by floods, and chaos reigns in many regions. This natural disaster also affected the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, and France. The Swiss cities of Bern and Lucerne are preparing for a new "flood of the century.”
Rescue operations in Germany continue. In parts of western Germany, flooding has limited vehicle traffic and closed roads. Railways have been suspended in much of the most populous German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Throughout the region, dams have reached their capacity limits and are threatening to collapse due to heavy rainfall.
In the Netherlands, heavy rains paralyzed the southern part of Holland. Hundreds of people have been successfully evacuated, primarily from nursing homes and hospices. Hundreds of homes are still without electricity, and water has become unsafe to drink due to congested sewers.
Heavy rains have also caused floods in Belgium. Six provinces were badly affected by storm, hundreds of private houses and several bridges were destroyed, and residential buildings and roads were flooded. In the province of Wallonia, rail links have been stopped. The downpours have disrupted the electrical, gas, and telephone networks. The Belgian army is evacuating the population from the hardest-hit settlements.
Since the lives and health of people are under threat, Tesla once again came to the aid of its clients. All Tesla owners from the affected areas of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium are now granted free Supercharger access starting July 18, of which they have been notified via email. Now the company's clients can safely reach places where they and their families will be safe.
"Charge for free in impacted parts of the Netherlands, Belgium
Beginning Sunday, we are temporarily enabling free Supercharging for sites in areas impacted by the recent floods in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We hope that this helps give you the peace of mind to get to a safe location. As always, tap any site on your car's touchscreen to see current pricing. Safe travels."
This client-centered attitude of Tesla has long been customary. Over the years, the company has provided free charging in regions affected by any natural disaster in the United States, Australia, China, or Europe. This attitude demonstrates genuine concern about people. While gas stations traditionally raise the price of fuel, which is vital in emergencies, Tesla pays for charging its customers’ cars to help them get out of dangerous areas as soon as possible.
Scientists associate the record amount of precipitation with global warming, which is a consequence of an increase in the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. One of the main culprits for this is cars with internal combustion engines (ICE), which significantly pollute the environment. We can only hope that such situations will further stimulate governments, automakers, and people to think more seriously about the fastest possible transition from ICE cars to electric vehicles.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.