Superchargers a game changer

Superchargers a game changer

Last Sunday I stopped by the Gilroy Supercharger to charge up after having a nice drive over highway 9 in Northern California. I also finally realized something. Recharging a car is not the same as refilling with gas. When I refill a gas car I basically have to stand next to the car and wait for the pump to finish. At a Supercharger there is no such requirement. I can spend the time I'd normally waste filling up doing other things like catching up on email, surfing the web, getting a nice meal, or going for a walk. The wait is not the limitation people make it out to be since it frees me up to do other things that are just not possible while filling up a car.

Charging is not a liability like I used to think but more of an opportunity to do something else and really take a break from driving. Now I could see that it would be more of a problem if there are people waiting to use the Supercharger.

The fact that it cost me nothing is also a big advantage. Instead of spending $40-50 to fill up my tank I can use that money to instead buy a nice meal or something else.

I just wish there were more Supercharger stations, especially in some rather out-of-the-way places.

Local businesses should jump at the idea. Now you have a captive audience who has time to kill and likely money to spend.


Solarwind | March 30, 2013

Thanks for all the good points! Once enough Supercharger stations are in place gas will have nothing on EV's

Brian H | March 31, 2013

If they'd been used to buying gas, they'll have lots of money to spend!

TeslaRocks | April 1, 2013


Totally. Time to do your own thing is precious. Plus that's on a trip, which naturally feels like a journey anyways. Think of all the time an EV can save you when you charge overnight at home instead of visit the stinky annoying gas station every few days.

Sure, EV's are different than ICE cars. Even if there were a few minor risks or adaptations required, like John Broder tried to convince us, the benefits should far outweigh those initial minor setbacks. It's like going from crawling to walking and maybe falling a few times in the process, or going from walking to skating: well worth it in the long run. Broder prefers to still crawl like a baby.

Bubba2000 | April 4, 2013

The Achilles' Heel of the Model S 85 KW-hr may not longer be the battery, but it certainly is the lack of SuperCharger facilities. In the areas that I travel that include Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas there are no SC or even hi capacity 240V chargers. If I am lucky, I will find some low capacity charger 240V that will take about 8 hours to charge a MS85. Going from Dallas to Houston is an anxious trip with a distance from destination to destination at 250-270 depending where in the big cities. The car barely got the range at 60 mph, which should be ok, except the traffic is going at 75-80 mph, including big semi trucks. Worse at night, not to mention with wife and kids!

Tesla should have focussed resources on SC deployment. Who cares about leasing! There are plenty of bank loans. Resale value would actually improve with SC network, even if the battery capacity decreased slightly over time. I read that a SC station with 6 bays costs $250,000. We need something like 200 in the US to get started. That amounts to $50M. In the big picture, it is not much.

Battery range is ok, but now that the 60KW-hr is the low end and then there is the 85 KW-hr one - we need a hi end model with battery capacity of 125 KW-hr. This way HVAC, etc can be used and the car can keep up with traffic at 75 mph on a long trip. Sure, it will cost more, but buyers seem to be interested in hi end cars with range. No many of the 40 KW-hr MS were sold!

Bubba2000 | April 4, 2013

HI end MS should include some extra features like anti collision, smart cruise control, features. etc. Just about any mid end car has those these days.

Brian H | April 4, 2013

FL is one of the designated next SC opening areas.