Traveling recently, I had the “opportunity” to use non-Tesla charging solutions since no Tesla charging stations were available in the immediate area. Let’s just say that it reaffirmed my gratitude for home charging and the Tesla Supercharger network. A lot of analysts keep harping on how much Tesla loses per vehicle it sells but they definitely shouldn’t discount the investment that Tesla has made in the charging infrastructure. Numerous manufacturers are bring new electric vehicles to market in 2018-2020 and they will initially be the automotive equivalent of a walky talky with great performance within the range of their initial charge but significantly limited after that. With no high speed charging infrastructure, other manufacturers’ cars will need to charge at stations provided by companies like EVGo and Blink until these other EV makers also invest billions in charging infrastructure. While there is nothing wrong with the DC fast chargers offered by companies such as Blink and EVGo, the Level 2 chargers are relatively slow and can be quite expensive. I’ll outline my experience with Blink first. Let me start by saying that I was charging my Model X P100D at a Level 2 charger. I had signed up for Blink several years ago and hadn’t used them until about a month ago. With my Blink card, charging is was very easy... but slow. Max speed I got was 13 miles of range per hour of charge. Top that with $0.02 per 30 seconds and it ends up costing about $0.22 cents per mile of range. That equates to about $57 to “fill up” if I’m down to about 10 miles left on the battery. As for EVGo, I am on the Flex plan. No monthly fee and DC fast charging at $4.95 per session + 0.20 per minute. Level 2 charging is $1.50 per hour ($0.90 per hour less than Blink). Out of about 40,000 miles of driving my Model X, I have had to use these chargers only about 4 times. Every single time, I was grateful that they were there but really glad they were the charging exception rather than the rule. Thank you, Tesla for providing the most advanced charging network available!!