Thought we'd take an informal survey of the TMC group here to get everyone's true feelings on the 48A vs. 72A Charger debate. Please indicate whether you would truly need (and I mean real world need, not first world want) 72A charging versus 48A.
I chose the 72amp is necessary but #2 is above is definitely more in line with actual feelings at this point.Necessary is a strong word. I suggest these three options might be more impactful.
1. 48A is sufficient for my needs. Even if Tesla offered 72A I would not purchase it.
2. 48A is sufficient for most of my needs, but there are times when 72A would be desirable. I'll buy an X with 48A and hope that Tesla offers a 72A option upgrade in the future.
3. I use >48A charging frequently and will delay my purchase until either Tesla offers a 72A option or commits to providing an upgrade, either as a retrofit or an accessory in the future.
[…] Tesla is compounding the confusion by marketing a destination charging program using HPWCs that can deliver 80A while selling cars that can only accept 40A unless the owner makes an effort to have dual chargers installed. It used to be the effort was just checking a box on the order page, now most mainstream buyers wouldn't even know the dual charging option exists and they won't get it installed at the service center if they aren't aware of it. Then they find a 80A HPWC at a destination and wonder why they only get 40A.[…]
Whatever the reason, I think we would all agree that the marketing-speak, insulting our intelligence explanation given in Tesla's email to Model X reservation holders was not the reason.I suspect we don't have the 30,000 foot view that whoever made the decision inside Tesla had. As a result, we have no way of understanding why they moved from a 72A charger to a 48A.
Well said Larry. It's rare that the next version of a company's product removes functionality that existed in the previous version. I have to admit, I was pretty excited about a 72A charger being standard when the details first leaked. I suspect we don't have the 30,000 foot view that whoever made the decision inside Tesla had. As a result, we have no way of understanding why they moved from a 72A charger to a 48A.