Tesla to add more Supercharger stations to inner cities

By Greg S ยท 7 replies
Sep 11, 2017
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  1. One of the largest barriers preventing widespread adoption of fully electric vehicles is the fact that driving range is limited.

    With more electric vehicles entering the roads, the demand for recharging points is only going to go up. Tesla has acknowledged that Supercharger stations are in short supply for their customers and has announced plans to bring more stations to inner-city locations.

    This initiative is part of Tesla's plan to double the number of Superchargers in 2017.

    Tesla will soon be introducing additional recharging points in densely populated areas starting with downtown Boston and Chicago. Shopping malls, grocery stores, and downtown regions are the primary targets for additional charging capabilities.

    Tesla has created a new architecture capable of delivering 72kW of power to each car at a station which should help eliminate the issue of slower charging when all Superchargers are being used simultaneously and allow more owners to use the same station.

    At stations utilizing this newer architecture, charging time of currently produced models is 45 to 50 minutes. Although use of Supercharger stations is no longer free for all customers, Tesla reiterates the fact that recharging is many times cheaper than utilizing a traditional gas station.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,430   +742

    "inner cities" ie: they will be stolen about as fast as they are installed.
  3. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 336   +114

    How do you "steal" a supercharger exactly? The same way you steal a gas station probably?
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  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

    @Greg S How about if we re-up this article New Years Day 2018, to find out if it actually happens? (Or 'happened', if you prefer).

    BTW, I'm of the opinion that 'twice as many', still won't be 'half enough'.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2017
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

    Well, that's going depend on what exactly is inside the shell. If there's copper in there, junkies will likely find a way to steal it, or at least die trying. :oops:

    A lot of the answer would depend on several factors. Where are the rectifiers" in the car, or in the tower? Are there transformers involved? If there are, are they in the tower, underground, or in the car?

    In the world of "Soylent Green", that would read, "baked junkie for dinner again, Martha"? "That's the third Tuesday this month".

    Since I don't know the voltage output of the charging station, or even if it's AC or DC, that's as much entertainment as I can legitimately provide at this late hour.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2017
  6. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,264   +434

    Sounds like something that I can make happen. Added to my calendar as a reminder.
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  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +1,100

    The issue with these infrastructure build outs is that only teslas can use them. Because the industry refuses to standardize, the fords, VWs, nissans, GMs, and other electric vehicles cannot use the supercharger network.

    What use is an electric garage when only a few vehicles can use them? Get industry to standardize on the charger type before building thousands of them.
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  8. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 886   +434

    Tesla open sourced their charging tech. It's not the only Teslas can use them, but none of the other car markers want to use them.

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