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Tesla plans to disconnect most of the Superchargers from the Grid.

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by PRSIST, Jun 10, 2017.

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  1. PRSIST

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    If Tesla takes Superchargers off-the grid and only uses solar+battery, would that mean that Tesla owners are back to free supercharging? After all, neither Tesla nor owners are paying for Grid electricity. Tesla Superchargers will use solar power and batteries, says Musk

    It sounds reasonable to me that owners should pay for supercharger electricity when it is obtained from the grid. It's also reasonable that Tesla should stay connected to the grid in case of long snowfalls or any other factor that would limit solar production.

    Do you think solar+battery superchargers should be supercharger free??
     
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    The panels, batteries, supercharger equipment, maintenance, labor, etc all COST money and are variable costs based upon use and degradation, etc... so, I would presume that margins might start to increase as Tesla charges for this service.
     
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    Tesla already indicated that their supercharger system was not put in place for profit. It was put in place for Tesla owners to travel. If Model S and X owners get free supercharging at superchargers using grid electricity, then Tesla is not recouping any costs associated with installation of the superchargers. Tesla is adding new superchargers to their system, and now solar+battery storage, but most of the supercharger system cost has already been realized by Tesla.
     
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    Tesla has not indicated free supercharging for he 3 and I would continue to think that the differentiation between 3 and S or X is free use of supercharging. So, I would guess that this would remain to be the case.
     
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    Not for profit but still need money to pay for the new superchargers and solar. It was/is free for S and X owners as a proof of concept that long distance travel works with EV charging.
     
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    It's really an overreaction to a tweet that responded to the typical argument about coal-powered EVs with Tesla's long-known plan to add solar canopies and batteries to their Superchargers. But there was really no need to be excited about Elon Musk's tweet. It's just a plan.

    Do you think solar+battery superchargers should be supercharger free??[/QUOTE]

    No. However, the more the costs shift to capital investment more of the cost will be fixed and less variable.
     
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    There's another thread about this. Musk gave no time line for completely disconnecting the superchargers from the grid, and doing so seems improbable. In any case, as McManX points out above, Tesla still needs to pay for the facilities, so it's unlikely that they will ever be free for the Model 3 and future models. Maybe free supercharging will be offered as an option, or as a perk with upscale trim lines, or perhaps with the Roadster Mk II, likely to be a very expensive car, poorly suited for long road trips due to lack of cargo space and having just two seats.
     
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    Nice idea, but not counting on it being implemented in the near future...long term though this makes a great deal more sense.
     
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