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Superchargers: Fairfax / Alexandria

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by flipb, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. flipb

    flipb Member

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    Has anybody sleuthed out the likely location for the Fairfax Supercharger? My guess was Fair Oaks Mall, but I haven't seen any confirmation.

    Also, I swear there was at one point a "Coming soon" indicated on the official tesla.com Supercharger map in Alexandria -- doesn't seem to be there anymore. Maybe Tysons / Fairfax / National Harbor were determined to provide adequate coverage for this area?
     
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    I don't recall the Alexandria one... and I'm pretty sure I saw them when they released the map... but who knows, it could have rolled across the river or been caught up in the first revision when things moved.

    As for the others, I think they are all stuck on the 'name' placeholders. Fairfax could be at Fair Oaks (that does sound like the best high traffic (cars, not people) place, near 66 ramps, etc. I was thinking nearer 50/29, but I like FO better, actually.

    I assume Tysons (new, not the 'one' that is there now, in the mall lot for the Gallery that you can't really use) is to cover the beltway. Wonder if it will be in a surface lot?

    Grasonville was installed so quickly that we know that they can do it quickly once all the paperwork is ready!
     
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  3. MXFan

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    I'm guessing the Fair Lakes location right off I-66 and the Fairfax County Parkway, as they have a number of food places there (off Fair Lakes Parkway).
     
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    So are you thinking of perhaps the Dick's/Whole Foods lot as closer to 66/the Fairfax County Parkway and not as crowded as the mall?
     
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    I spent many years working in Fair Oaks / Fair Lakes, though not recently, but I do still drive out to that area occasionally. From an accessibility perspective, I think Fair Oaks Mall is a bit more convenient to I-66 than anything in Fair Lakes, especially with the dedicated flyover ramp from Route 50, but I agree the Dick's / Whole Foods lot is more convenient to Fairfax County Parkway. The mall itself is probably a bit more congested, and it would be much more congested during the peak holiday shopping season. There are a few other shopping centers in those areas that could be good candidates, such as Fair Lakes Center (Target, Walmart, etc) and Fairfax Corner (REI and lots of restaurants), but those are further from the interstate and can also get really congested at peak times.
     
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    I don't see why they would put a supercharger in Fairfax. I would think Tysons would be a better location.

    And even then this area has decent coverage with Woodbridge, Laurel, and the upcoming Nation Harbor and Gaithersburg locations.
     
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    Well, we assume that this placeholder means something... :)

    Tysons is getting a new one (not the current Gallery one, we assume), Fairfax is getting one somewhere, and, of course, there's the one in process at National Harbor.

    Who knows where the downtown DC one will end up, one of the 'urban' ones?

    Also, most of the SuC's here would be for people that can't install home charging, like in condos, etc.

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    It might mean something, it might not. Tesla has been moving them around, adding new ones, removing location of expected superchargers, etc.

    What I'm saying is that I don't get a need to put one in Fairfax, the area has good coverage. Not "don't put one there". Or "there wont be one there".
     
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    The unknown factor is how many tens of thousands of Model 3's have been reserved in this area? Tesla knows they need to keep building Superchargers. I read of many hour wait during the eclipse event, with next to no Model 3's.
     
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    That's a valid point.


    Though I haven't heard of any hour long lines on the east coast.
     
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    We all assume they are putting all these placeholders where there are a lot of 3 reservations in line with the new policy of 'you can use Superchargers for local charging because you can't install personal charging in a (for example) condo parking lot'. I'll never use any of these, for example, because I have HPWCs. But people living in the apartments at Fair Lakes definitely would love to have a Supercharger in the Dick's parking lot, or at Fair Oaks mall.
     
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