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Supercharging Nightmare Begins

Discussion in 'Model X' started by bayx, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. bayx

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    I have seen an astounding increase in supercharging station use within the past 3 months. Went from no waiting for a charging station almost any time of the day to waiting for a station every time (sometimes at least for 30mins!).

    I don’t have any other means to charge the MX at the moment other than the supercharging station.

    Almost every 2nd car I see is a Model 3 waiting to charge. Obviously this has impacted the supercharging stations.

    This is in the SF Bay Area.
     
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  2. Unpilot

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    Move to the Midwest....no issues here!
     
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  3. MIT_S60

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    This is only going to get worse and worse as more people without means to charge elsewhere continue to buy Tesla's (free Supercharging or not).
     
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  4. Unpilot

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    Being a early adopter is hard at times. But even just trickle charging using 120 gives you 30 miles overnight. Most people don't drive that much in a day. If you can install a level 2 then problem solved for daily driving.

    Road tripping...yeah that means supercharging.
     
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  5. mptpro

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    Same problem here. Just a few hours ago I had to wait 45 minutes at the Capistrano SC. This is the new normal.
     
  6. Davetp

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    I live in Brooklyn, NY, and park in an uderground parking lot. I am able to charge my model X with the quick 220 system . It gives me 9 mi/hr which gives me about 100 miles overnight. I was using superchargers until I bought it.

    This is the website I got mine from.
    110-120 and 220-240 Voltage Converters & Accessories
     
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  7. tes-s

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    Where do you charge?

    At the beginning of the year they had three locations there: 2 in San Mateo and 1 in Mountainview.
    This year they added 8 more locations: Daly City, San Carlos, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose, Milpitas.
    They are building 2 more in San Jose right now.

    Amazing they have gone from 3 to 11 and there are still lines. Need to build them with more stalls.

    Buying an EV that you cannot charge at home, work, or other location where you regularly park is something to think long and hard about.
     
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  8. ReddyLeaf

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    My guess is the 6 mo free supercharging that many model 3 owners received. Unfortunately, that won’t help anyone right now. Try charging at 3am.:(
     
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  9. tangent

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    I guess the new M3 owners just wanted to try out superchargers like new toys. Remember when Apple first launched Apple Pay, McD saw a huge sales surge because ppl would try out the new payment system there.

    Things would get better!
     
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  10. Peteski

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    You do realise you are part of the problem here! Superchargers were never intended to be used for daily charging and now the market is flooding with M3s it will only get worse. Especially if they are using them in the same way as you are for their daily charging routine!
     
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  11. roadster2020

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    With the rise in model 3 sales Tesla will be forced to increased the number of Superchargers bays and new locations, it has too to keep a competitive edge
     
  12. Oldschool496

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    Here in Florida as well, a few weeks back on 4 hour road trip and the very first time I have ever waited and four others behind me also waiting. Not long, but yes waiting LOCAL new owners of Tesla product. Nice kid came up to me and said, "I just need to finish it off here". Finally he saw the issue and after looking at his app decided it was enough.
     
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  13. Racerx22b

    Racerx22b @unplggdd on Instagram

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    Buys an EV knowing he has no charging option at home while living in the most Tesla dense state in the entire country. Comes on EV forum to complain about busy Superchargers.

    Oh the irony.

    SMH
     
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  14. Oldschool496

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    #14 Oldschool496, Dec 7, 2018
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    You have a point, he is in an Urban Setting with limited options. as we all know using a supercharger for daily routine of charging probably gets old real quick. 6 figure car, I know what my time is worth per hour, sometimes the math is good and sometimes it makes no sense I guess. Carry on.
     
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  15. ewoodrick

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    This is why free Supercharging it bad. Too many people either not worrying about home/work charging clog the chargers.
    Are you sure that there aren't in J-1772 locations around home or work?
     
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  16. KJD

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    So what is it that prevents you from charging at home ?
     
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  17. Racerx22b

    Racerx22b @unplggdd on Instagram

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    Of course there is. He lives in SF Bay area. Probably one of the best EV public charging infrastructures in the country. But they aren't free and they charge slow.

    To me this is the equivalent of buying Lambo Aventatodor and then complaining about gas mileage or ride quality. I have zero empathy for anyone that complains about Supercharger waits when they are charging for daily use due to no home charging option. They are the cause of the problem!! If he really thought he would have unfettered access to Superchargers for his entire ownership that is his own fault. Is it annoying? Of course. But it was certainly something you should have anticipated with the application of 5mins of research or logic.
     
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  18. ironwaffle

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    I’d say this topic is actually why it’s important for people to back initiatives that make it easier (or even possible) to have apartment buildings, condos, or houses governed by associations retrofitted to meet growing demand. We should also be focused on requiring new structures to be more compatible with this burgeoning technology.

    I’ve only become more thanks to another member here who has shared that a few local governments (including my local one recently) are beginning to push for legislation on both these subjects.

    I think it’s regressive to blame the owner for his choice. Seems to me folks here want more EVs on the road, not less. These are necessary growing pains. The solution is not to judge owners, it’s to pressure the powers-that be, whether it’s local government or constructively “tweeting Elon” about superchargers.
     
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  19. Racerx22b

    Racerx22b @unplggdd on Instagram

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    It's becoming a depleted resource. Make sure you have deep pockets.

    I got most of mine from my parents for free.
     
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  20. mxnym

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    I decided that post was not necessary and deleted it, but there are clearly ninjas in this forum today.
     

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