A Tesla Supercharger in Tennessee was blocked by a Mercedes-Benz EQS owned by a local dealership amid a busy travel time for Thanksgiving in an apparent publicity stunt.
Scott Hall, a Tesla owner, stopped at a Tesla Supercharger station in Knoxville, Tennessee yesterday, like many other commuters, for Thanksgiving.
When he arrived, he found a Mercedes-Benz EQS, a performance electric sedan, parked with two chargers at the station as such.
Non-Tesla electric vehicles, such as the EQS, cannot yet charge at Tesla Supercharger stations and are not trying to.
The vehicle was apparently intentionally parked at the end of the station to block access to both chargers in an otherwise mostly empty parking lot (Image via Scott Hall) Facebook,
It also happened to block a Supercharger stall reserved for people with a disability.
The vehicle was equipped with dealer plates and stickers for a local Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville dealership, meaning the vehicle is owned by the local dealer.
The Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville dealership is located just a mile down the road from a Tesla Supercharger station.
Electric contacted a Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville dealership and asked them if they had any comments about leaving their EQS to block the two supercharger stalls. We will update when we get a response.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS has been the German automaker’s response to the Tesla Model S, which for years was selling off the Mercedes S-Class.
It seems that the local dealer or one of their employees thought it would be smart to use one of their fleet vehicles that was left unused during the holiday to give Tesla owners a chance to see the Mercedes-Benz EQS, partly as a local Tesla Supercharger. can be blocked.
If the goal was publicity, it was successful, but it is not good publicity. They are blocking charging stations meant for long distance travel during peak travel times. This would only succeed in frustrating Tesla owners – not sparking their interest in the EQS.
For that, they could simply park the car in front of the Supercharger station, which is in the middle of a huge mall parking lot with lots of empty parking spots.