Submitted by powaking on May 20, 2013
First off let me start by stating that I am not a Tesla owner by any means (not in their vehicles nor am I a stock holder but that may change soon). I am really excited in this are and am estatic to see what Tesla (and Elon) as done with this industry. The reason for this post is to stir up some ideas and to see if others also feel the same as I do.
One of the gripes I hear from people constantly in regards to battery powered cars is range. My first response to them is 'How often do you have the need to refuel your car when you leave the house with full tank before you have to come back home?'. Usually that leaves them stumped as with any Tesla owner, or any other electric car for that matter, typically leaves the house fully charged.
It is nice to see Nissan Leaf getting some exposure but the limited range has people shying away. This is where I see Nissan failing in this area. With the number of dealerships across the country Nissan should be outfitting their dealerships with Solar powered recharge stations letting Leaf drivers the ability to charge their cars at any of the dealerships for free.
Keeping that in mind Tesla can offer some form of partnership where Superchargers can be strategically placed at Nissan dealerships (or any other manufacturer of electric cars) and offer both charging plugs for Tesla vehicles AND the manufacturers electric cars. This will benefit both parties and provide an abundance of charging stations across the country (as well as use this offering to help promote electric cars).
What are everyones thoughts on Tesla offering such a partnership? Do you think they are better off setting up Superstations on their own?