Years ago Tesla created the "Host a Supercharger" offer with info on hosting commercial locations.
Soon after Ford jumped on the NACS bandwagon, Tesla started responding to all the "Host a Supercharger" requests.
Except it is only for Destination chargers, and seems to be at cost by property owner.
My friend who has a store location right off a busy interstate received the same letter as Dana (posted in another thread).
The first letter received was
Date: Wed, Jun 7, 2023 at 11:40 AM
Subject: Tesla Charging Inquiry
A follow up letter announcing MORE companies joining NACS.
Date: Thu, Jul 20, 2023 at 3:42 PM
Subject: RE: Tesla Charging Inquiry
I have thought about this too, here is my interpretation, for what it's worth:
Exactly this. Tesla only expects to get paid for the WCs. The remainder goes to utility, contractor, non-Tesla equipment and local jurisdiction. What is up for interpretation is if Tesla estimates that any number of connectors between 6 and 12 might cost anywhere between $25 and 50k, or do they mean $25k for 6, proportionally increasing up to 50k for 12?So questions:
1. Installing 6-12 chargers for $25,000-$50,000
I assume this is only the cost for adding a transformer, breakers, lines, and labor to install all this equipment, and NOT paying Tesla anything except for the 6 to 12 charger themselves.
I have used dozens of Tesla destination chargers and the've always been free. Possibly because they were installed before the billing function was available. Non-Tesla destination chargers often cost money. According to Chargepoint website national average is 20c/kWh.2. The owner of installation can set the charging cost, with Tesla only asking for "sole fee is one penny per kWh"
What is the typical rates a Destination charger, well, charges?
Requires market research per location to predict. I am sure traffic will increase exponentially with EV market share and NACS standard.3. The hard question is what is the traffic one can expect, especially with more BEV on road? The location is off IH-2 between McAllen and Harlingen (south Texas)
The location will show up in all Tesla cars, and likely non-Tesla cars too (will install a few J1772 connect)
One would have to make a spreadsheet to see profit and loss. If you have similar retail locations, how about you install destination chargers at one and compare retail traffic before and after to the other(s), everything else equal?4. Overall question, IS this a good investment for a small retail location? Anyone else install a charger and see more visitors? Is there an ROI available?
Finally I have a question: Do you know if the destination charge set up would require the customers to use mobile app payment, or support 'Plug and Charge' like a Supercharger?