A Smart EV owner traveling in Germany claims that he “accidentally” plugged his electric Smart at a Tesla Supercharger and couldn’t unplug it. The owner sent the picture seen above to German publication Electrive.
While Tesla uses a proprietary connector in the US, in Europe the company uses the standard Mennekes Type 2 connectors, which explains how the owner of the Smart was able to plug his vehicle to a charging station meant solely for Tesla vehicles.
Once you plug it in, the connector locks to the port for safety reasons and performs a “handshake” before starting the charging session. The Smart owner presumably couldn’t unplug the connector because his car couldn’t perform the handshake.
In a post on Facebook, he claims that he wasn’t able to reach Tesla with the phone number listed at the Supercharger, so he resorted to taking a room at a nearby motel until his car could be unplugged.
Here’s the Facebook post:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company was in discussion with “some auto manufacturers” about sharing the Supercharger network, but in the meantime, you need a Tesla to use the charging stations.
Hat tip to phomb for the Facebook post.