A Tesla Supercharger in Tennessee was blocked by a Mercedes-Benz EQS owned by a local dealer during busy Thanksgiving travel hours.
Tesla owner Scott Hall stopped by the Tesla Supercharger station in Knoxville, Tennessee yesterday.
when he arrived he found Mercedes-Benz EQSa high-performance electric sedan parked in a way that blocks two chargers at the station.
Non-Tesla electric vehicles like the EQS cannot yet be charged at Tesla Supercharger stations.Rather, it was apparently parked intentionally to block access to both chargers at the end of the station in an otherwise mostly empty parking lot (photo via Scott Hall) Facebook):
It also sometimes blocked a supercharger stall reserved for the disabled.
The vehicle was equipped with dealer plates and stickers from the local Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville dealership. This means the vehicle is owned by a local dealer. The Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville Dealership is just 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Tesla Supercharger Station.
electric I reached out to a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Knoxville and asked if they had any comments on the EQS being left in to block the two supercharger stalls. I will update when I get a reply.
update: Knoxville’s Mercedes-Benz said electric One of our customers did this without their knowledge. The car is actually still there. They claim it was left there with a dead charge, and an employee will be dispatched to retrieve it today.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS was the German automaker’s response to the Tesla Model S. Stealing sales from the Mercedes S-Class for years.
A local dealership or one of its employees may sell a fleet of unused vehicles during the holidays to partially block a local Tesla Supercharger for Tesla owners to view the Mercedes-Benz EQS. They thought it was wise to use one.
If the purpose is to advertise, it will be successful, but it will not be an advertisement. They are blocking charging stations intended for long-distance travel during very busy travel hours. .
For that, I could have parked my car in front of the supercharger station. The Supercharger Station is located in the middle of a huge shopping mall parking lot with plenty of parking spaces.
update: The dealer now claims it was the customer who did this. That’s their story and they’re sticking with it, but I’m skeptical.
According to the dealer, a customer who happened to be renting out a new EQS for Thanksgiving oddly parked his car in a huge parking lot a mile away from the dealer because it had two uncharged Tesla Superchargers. I decided to park. Questionable explanation.
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