School Project: Tesla Charging Station Infrastructure

Good day all!

I am currently a student at the NYU School of Engineering and am currently enrolled course called: Management of of Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, it is an intro to information technology (IT) course. The main project of the course is to create a team of 5 members and creating an IT consulting firm to aid any company in implementing an IT system to solve one or more of their current issues. The company my team selected was Tesla and the two main issues we could think of were (1) charging station infrastructure in the united states (2) procurement, production and use of the batteries . So fellow forum users, looking to get some input from you guys, if you can provide me with any accurate data, studies, etc.

Thanks a lot !


  • edited November -1
    That is too vague an ask.

    This is owner and enthusiast forum.... what are you looking for?
  • Sorry for the confusion, looking to find. Concrete data from tesla revolving around any of these issues as well as input from owners. Now i use the term issue very loosely, any information is appreciated if you have any suggestions on what i should focus on , im all ears.
  • edited November -1
    well you could as Elon Musk says, start from first principals.

    Start with the stated goals of Tesla. To make electric cars the dominant mode of transportation.

    The superchargers are a huge part of that. They take the anxiety out of range anxiety.

    So the distribution of the chargers, and the process of finding location, setting up agreements, and electric bills might be a start point. Since they will be free of charge, this is significant.

    What software could manage either the existing infrastructure or decide the operation or density or location of charging points, according to sales or projected sales.

    What might an urban charge network look like and how to be rolled out?

    Remember there are superchargers and there are lower power level 2 chargers for parking lots or cinemas or plazas etc, as well as workplaces. Different charge capacity for different locations and purposes.

    What types of chargers should go where and when, and who pays?

    What networks from other companies are in existence or planned?

    What about apps that monitor chargers and report on use?
    What would an urban charger network look like and how might it be managed and financed?

    What about fleets? Taxis, pizza delivery, small parcel couriers, sales reps. Limos.

    The batteries will be made in house so are difficult to analyze for your project, except perhaps aftermarket business cases like battery leasing, rebuilding or repairing used ones or reusing them in other cars, or as a home power back up storage solutions.

    I hope this helps kick start you or some others suggestions.
  • edited November -1

    Your list of issues is accurate enough, but the OP's request is off-target. The use of IT to "procure" batteries is not an issue, really. The world market, as a whole, is likely able to keep up with TMI's demand for the MS and MX, but needs to DOUBLE to handle the M3 volume in a few years, and rising fast thereafter; hence the GF(s).

    As for infrastructure, with the SC network, and the L2/HPWC associated locations, TMI is dancing as fast as it can.
  • edited November -1
    you could create an IT team to deliver a solution to Tesla owners that shows them nearby charging possibilities on the nav screen in the car, with data on how many charging spots are currently in use and how many spots are open.
  • edited November -1
    Brian H;
    :) now that is kinda fun!
  • edited November -1
    Black and Veatch is the contractor for many of the Supercharging locations:

    here is a video introduction.

  • edited November -1
    Originally we thought that there would be a monthly fee for Supercharging or a small charge for use. As it turns out, there is a slew of energy resale laws and they are different in different each state or country that makes this cumbersome.

    Electricity comes from generation and distribution systems that are owned by communities, co-ops, municipalities, private companies and public corporations.

    A theory was thrown around here that it was cheaper to give away all the electricity rather than develop a system to deal with the bureaucratic nightmare when it came to power re-sale rules and billing.

    That's an IT project for ya.
  • edited November -1
    Thanks SamO! That was a very enlightening video. Very cool to see that Tesla has partnered with such a high power infrastructure development and construction firm like Black and Veatch. Sounds like they do more of the site planning, permitting and equipment procurement than they do the actual installations of the sites though.
  • edited November -1
    So now you know, if a site is hung up or not happening, who to blame!
  • edited November 2019

    I'm looking for any relevant references for my research topic: "Analysis of the Electric Car Charging Network: Tesla and Ford". Could you please share your project resources? Where did you take material from? I need to compare the charging networks of 2013 and 2019. Just contacted Jeremy Deaton too (he wrote: Everybody wants EV charging stations, but barely anyone is building them:
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