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Future infrastructure for Teslas in HK?

Discussion in 'Hong Kong' started by dctenv, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. dctenv

    dctenv New Member

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    Have owned a Model S in HK for a year now. Love the car, very practical for HK operations. Two questions about the future viability though, especially after what will no doubt be the hugely popular Model 3 release.

    1. Service Centre support. It took me 2 months to get the Tesla Service Centre to return my voice messages left to request a service appointment to rectify some minor defects, then the quoted waiting time for an appointment was another 2 months. So 4 months to get defects on an 8 month old car looked at. How will that service support be after the Model 3 comes out?

    2. Charging infrastructure. With the paucity of residential car park charging availability and the reliance on the currently limited public chargers and Superchargers, after the flood of Model 3s arrive, will operating Teslas in HK become impractical - unless you can get residential charging of course?
     
  2. ediot

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    1. a new service centre is being built at the moment, which will hopefully sort out the current issue of not having adequate workshop space and technicians

    2. this will be a slow change over the long term, many things are happening at the moment, some will hopefully see a speedup soon.
    2.a. more super chargers being built, e.g. kai tak expanded from 4 to 6, 4 being installed at quarry bay lincoln house right now, there may be more in the works already
    2.b. it'll take a while to get more 'destination chargers', which, presumably, would be cheaper to install. they should theoretically be more common since they're not tesla specific, and a 40km/h charging rate with many stalls may work better than superchargers at lower quantity at shopping malls (where people tend to plug their car in and just leave them there even when fully charged)
    2.c. a change in legislation to manate letter potential EV owners install a charger at their home spot would be ideal, yet very difficult to implement - old buildings may actually not have adequate infrastructure to support, since once the law passes, your entire carpark should theoretically be able to support chargers
    2.d. all new residential buildings already have mandates to have infrastructural support for EV chargers at each spot, but the supply of new flats is a drop in the ocean compared to the number of existing flats/ carpark space, so it will take a while to have noticable effect


    in the mean time, ideas like valet charging/ pumping out more superchargers / changing more charging spots to at least 40km/h type 2 are all being considered

    on the bright side, there will be a lot more commercial incentives to have more chargers available by the time model 3 comes out, since most car makers are rolling out their own EVs. my only worry is this:

    xkcd: Standards
     
  3. dlty

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    Just booked an appointment to have my wing mirror tightened as it had become loose. Booked today, and the earliest appointment (they say) is 21 October. Exactly 4 months and 1 day from today. Yikes!
     
  4. ediot

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    dont worry, you'll only have to wait 10 days after they got your car before you realised they haven't started working on it :p
     
  5. dlty

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    #5 dlty, Jun 20, 2016
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