We’re putting Superchargers in cities, not just between cities. And this is obviously important in places like, you know, Beijing, Shanghai, London, San Francisco, New York, where at times people may have a challenge with having a fixed parking space. It’s more like some of those people don’t have a definitive parking space. And they might have street parking or something, you know. London is particularly tricky one; where there’s – it’s got lot of high-end neighborhoods just have street parking.
Tesla has two choices (edit) DECIDED ON A SINGLE PATH:
1. Build more spots and embrace that they are replacing an entire ecosystem with all the challenges and benefits that come with that system, or
2. Change the deal for future owners in a transparent way so that people know what to expect with regard to "local" charging, including taxis, apartment dwellers and frequent long commuters.
I vote for #1 as it accelerates the advent of sustainable transportation.
P.S. Thanks to @emrul for finding this on the GB site
"FREE COMMUTING USING TESLA SUPERCHARGERS"
"So most millennials living in apartments rather than homes, what can we do to make it easier to own and charge a Tesla without a garage, so we are establishing supercharging locations a lot more in city, supercharging locations and there will be a little lower power. But in between a high-power supercharger which is optimized for long distance trips, but more powered than would typically be found in a home garage, so wherever the car is being parked, whether it’s the apartment or work or somewhere in between, we are going to make sure that there is a place to charge your car, even if you live in an apartment. So it’s important to have a system that load levels the power. So that they don’t have to build a new substation just to supply the apartment building. And so that’s one of the things that’s prices are being implemented, but no question, WE NEED TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM FOR APARTMENTS, NOT JUST HOMES." [Emphasis added]
1. Be positive. Encourage people to charge at home. It also helps because then they'll be able to offering charging to visiting guests.
2. It will work out. If you don't have home charging you can use the many resources provided by Tesla, including Superchargers, Destination Charging, and other resources such as PlugShare and other inferior networks.
3. Support Tesla. Tesla has announced building 30,000 Superchargers (spots) as over then next 2.5 years. And an equal number of Destination Chargers. Be polite, share spots, charge when nobody else is present. It goes faster and is a lot easier i.e. in your own self-interest.
4. Don't police. People will charge where they want, when they want. That includes Supercharging. I've never run across anyone that wanted to Supercharge after waiting in a long line.
5. Almost solved. Level 4 Self Driving cars will allow automatic plug/unplug and shuffling charging cars.
Tesla has now decided to embraced the entire ecosystem. Let's hope early customers can make the change as gracefully.
UPDATE: Tesla now has permits for their in-city, Supercharging, Drive-In Disco, roller-derby on 14th and Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica, CA