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Elon confirms metal snake supercharger

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ggnykk, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. ggnykk

    ggnykk Active Member

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    Elon from Twitter: "Using the automated solid metal snake charger :)"

    And he confirms that he isn't kidding - "no, that's real"

    Metal snake will enable Tesla driving itself across countries in fully autonomous mode.

     
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  2. TheJMan

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    It even says on the website when your configuring a vehicle
     

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  3. ggnykk

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    yup, i bet human will become very lazy from now on. No need to drive, no need to walk out of the car to charge.
     
  4. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    That video is approximately a year old.
     
  5. TheJMan

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    But the fact that its been confirmed that they are still wokring on it and that they want to release it is new ;)
     
  6. RogerHScott

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    Am I the only one who sees this and thinks "Alien probe"? ;)
     
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  7. GasKilla

    GasKilla No Gas Know Peace

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    I wonder if all existing cars will be compatible with this technology and if the automatic connection superchargers will be reserved for AP 2.0 cars
     
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    Probably all cars can be hooked up automatically. (They can all pop the charge port open.) Older cars can't close the charger port door themselves so the person would have to get out and close the door before they could leave.
     
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    In an interview Elon did say he would attempt to make it less creepy. But he should have at least one active just like the one in the video for Halloween fun.

    Through happy coincidence (hadn't planned on paying for it) I ended up with the premium package on my Model X with the bio defense air filtration mode. This is jokingly supposed to protect Tesla owners in a post apocalyptic world. I started to think, though, in a post apocalyptic world I would need to stay in the car and stay charged. This means automated chargers connected to energy storage filled every day by the sun. Makes me wonder how much Elon was joking and how much he really thinks this way...
     
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    If a driverless, autonomous Tesla arrives at a Supercharger with no automatic cable stalls available, and without enough range to make another Supercharger location, will it pull into a spot and start beeping sympathetically? "HELP! Someone! Plug me in!"
     
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    It wouldn't be difficult to design a little arm with a roller on the end of the charger probe to close the port door after charging.
     
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    glhs272 Unnamed plug faced villian

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    Every time I see it, I can't help but think "the nozzle".

     
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    I wonder how much this robotic arm feature adds to the cost of a Supercharger site, and whether it will affect the pace of S/C installations. (We'll likely never know, of course! Just speculating...)
     
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    I think the cost of these (since they've already spent the R&D to develop) will be pretty lowed compared to the infrastructure cost to install superchargers themselves.
     
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    Speaking from repeated experience, you can drive away from a Supercharger with an open charge port without any difficulty. The instrument panel even displays a proud "atta-boy" graphic when you do so!
     
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    I wanna see one of these work in the winter.
     
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  17. LoL Rick

    LoL Rick Like Buttah

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    Does anybody besides me think this thing is ridiculously over complicated? You don't need to have that many parts to achieve 3 axis movement. I mean, there are soda machines that do it now. They have a mechanism the moves up/down, left/right, and the arm reaches in for a bottle. Replace bottle retriever with charge cable and you're done.
     
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  18. RogerHScott

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    You have no future as a Tesla design engineer -- none! ;)
     
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  19. No2DinosaurFuel

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    Fix the current Supercharger so they properly charge. Then work on the snake. Right now there are plenty of Superchargers broken or putting out reduce power.
     
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    Why would they do th


    Sorry, got distracted by the next shiny thing Tesla is working on.
     
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