In the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquake that struck Japan on New Year's Day, Tesla has announced a compassionate initiative to offer free Supercharger access at select locations in Niigata, Ishikawa, Toyama, and Fukui prefectures for an entire week.
The earthquake, measuring a magnitude of 7.6, has left the communities in the Hokuriku region grappling with the loss of at least 30 lives, numerous injuries, and substantial damage to infrastructure. Responding to the ongoing crisis, Tesla's gesture of providing complimentary Supercharger access until at least January 9 aims to offer crucial support during this challenging period.
— Tesla Japan (@teslajapan) January 2, 2024
The official Tesla Japan on X (formerly Twitter) announced this initiative, underscoring the paramount importance of ensuring safety before utilizing the charging stations.
“Superchargers located in the Hokuriku area, which were damaged by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake that occurred on January 1st of this year, will be open for free for one week starting tonight. Please ensure the safety of your surroundings before using.”
Tesla's response is particularly noteworthy given the extensive destruction caused by the earthquake, leading to building collapses, power outages, and disruptions to transportation systems. However, this act of support aligns with Tesla's previous interventions after natural disasters.
Tesla has previously offered free Supercharger access in the aftermath of hurricanes and tornados in the US, as well as during the military conflict in Israel last year. In addition, Tesla provided complimentary access to Superchargers in China during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, facilitating easy and swift travel for owners away from affected areas.
It is important to note that Tesla's compassionate initiatives are not confined to the automotive sector. Elon Musk's other venture, SpaceX, has also extended its services to residents following natural disasters, such as providing support after last year's wildfire in Maui and flooding in Germany.