TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Northeast is official: Where will Tesla build out the next Superchargers?

Discussion in 'North America' started by SteveH, Dec 22, 2012.

?

Where will be the next batch of Superchargers go?

Poll closed Feb 5, 2013.
  1. Florida

    13 vote(s)
    26.5%
  2. The Midwest

    5 vote(s)
    10.2%
  3. Texas

    9 vote(s)
    18.4%
  4. Washington/Oregon

    19 vote(s)
    38.8%
  5. Other

    3 vote(s)
    6.1%
  1. SteveH

    SteveH Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2012
    Messages:
    274
    Location:
    Denton, Texas
    I'm assuming that if there are one or two other superchargers coming for the NorthEast corridor then they are already underway. Curious where the next batch will go...
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    12,752
    Location:
    Texas
    Either down the East Coast to extend the network or in the Texas area.
     
  3. RDoc

    RDoc S85D

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2012
    Messages:
    1,569
    Location:
    Boston North Shore
    Tesla may well want to start building the cross bar in the H to connect the E and W coasts.
     
  4. Bardlebee

    Bardlebee Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Messages:
    599
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    The "bar" may be the easiest and most PR pushing route to go down honestly. I would be surprised if they didn't do that. Though having what seems to be both a surprising and large number of customers in Texas, you would think they would want to push sales. If you are creating the network across the "bar" you are putting superchargers in more rural areas, places were EV's may not be as common or even wanted. You may want to hit your more city based locations first.

    This is all purely opinion and speculation of course. I don't actually know if Texas is a big front for sales, though to be honest there are more then I anticipated here. Someone at my work place just got their S! So jealous. :)
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    12,752
    Location:
    Texas
    Texas has about 26,000,000 people, which is about 8% of the U.S. population. Houston is the fourth largest, San Antonio and Dallas are eighth and ninth respectively, so three Texas cities are in the top ten and five are in the top twenty. Only California has a larger population. That seems reason enough for there to be a lot of Tesla sales.

    Superchargers need to be in the rural areas because that's where they will be used the most. I'd like to see them on regular highways rather than on the boring freeways.
     
  6. SteveH

    SteveH Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2012
    Messages:
    274
    Location:
    Denton, Texas
  7. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    Messages:
    11,923
    Do we know where the "H" is going? For example, Route 80 from NY? Or lower? And will it be a ladder, i.e. a northern bar and a southern through Texas?
     
  8. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    12,752
    Location:
    Texas
    Let's hope the latter.
     
  9. herbvdh

    herbvdh Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Messages:
    200
  10. Bardlebee

    Bardlebee Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Messages:
    599
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    I didn't know about any of these facts. That is pretty cool. :)

    I agree finishing that bar would be the best step and I would imagine connecting Texas with the H would be a logical next step.
     
  11. richkae

    richkae VIN587

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,917
    Texas also has some of the cheapest gasoline in the country, heavy oil industry presence, no state incentives, and anti-Tesla store laws.

    Just to list a few things that will work against strong EV sales there.
     
  12. Bardlebee

    Bardlebee Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Messages:
    599
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    Despite this, and I am speaking from first hand knowledge not actual facts, there seems to be a strong EV presence here. At least stronger then I expected to be honest. In San Antonio alone with no stores the map shows roughly 4 Model S's, though I believe there are a few more. I myself will be reserving next month if I am lucky, Feb. if not.

    Imagine if Texas cared about innovation and pushing America forward. :)
     
  13. richkae

    richkae VIN587

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,917
    Returning to the original topic. I wonder if north south travel is more compelling or more common than east west travel.
    I would think that completing the Boston to Florida chain is much more important than connecting an east west route.
    I would love for the Seattle to SoCal route to be finished as well, but it's probably much less important ( despite the huge number of Teslas we have here in the NW )
     
  14. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    Messages:
    11,923
    Do we know what they cost to erect? Maybe private groups could petition Tesla to install in certain areas if they help with the funding.
     
  15. Bardlebee

    Bardlebee Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Messages:
    599
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    This is a good question, I know I would definitely petition to make this happen in my area.
     
  16. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    12,752
    Location:
    Texas
    The only numbers I've heard are about $250,000 from a Business Week. However, I suspect it depends a lot on the services that need to be run.
     
  17. xhawk101

    xhawk101 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Messages:
    1,066
    Vote for Boston to Florida here!


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
     
  18. Vger

    Vger Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    1,682
    Location:
    Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
    I think priority should be to extend the west coast from CA to BC. Seattle is one of the hottest markets for Tesla,cand now Vancouver is second hottest in Cananda (after Toronto). EV population and support in WA and OR are huge.

    After that, the cross-bar is a huge step to enabling road trips coast to coast, but also connecting Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver (close enough), Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit (close enough), Cleveland, and Pittsburg to The Bay Area, and NYC.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I think priority should be to extend the west coast from CA to BC. Seattle is one of the hottest markets for Tesla,cand now Vancouver is second hottest in Cananda (after Toronto). EV population and support in WA and OR are huge.

    After that, the cross-bar is a huge step to enabling road trips coast to coast, but also connecting Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver (close enough), Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit (close enough), Cleveland, and Pittsburg to The Bay Area, and NYC.
     
  19. Sig698

    Sig698 Model S Sig Perf #698

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2012
    Messages:
    182
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    The 10 West from California to Florida seems like a natural, uncomplicated way to connect the two coasts. And I'm not just saying that because I make regular drives along there :)
     
  20. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    4,282
    Location:
    Sarasota, Florida
    #20 Larry Chanin, Dec 22, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
    Exactly. If you view the map the next logical buildout will occur in Florida North toward the existing Northeast network. Then it would make sense to finish the North-South network on the East Coast.

    Larry

    P.S. Take a look at this:

    World's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

    Plot each of these US and Canadian destinations on a map in the order of annual visitors and you will get a feel for where the first sections of the Supercharger network will be.
     

Share This Page