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Beware - Are Tesla Charging Stations Dead To You Too?
When I purchased my Model S, the only context supercharging came up in was with respect to what I needed to install in my garage to take the best advantage of my Tesla. As I primarily plan to drive in town (not road trips), I decided on a single battery option and then was advised that since I did not have a dual battery, the supercharging option ($2,000) made no sense for me. I took this advice.
However, what was not explained to me was that by making this choice, charging at Tesla Charging Stations is now dead to me. What I thought I was giving up was some of the SPEED of the charging. I did not know that I was giving up ever getting any juice at a supercharger. So, imagine my surprise when the station at Montgomery Mall would not give me any power.
The charging station network is very heavily promoted when buying a Tesla. I think it is incumbent upon Tesla to make sure that charging at stations is available to all Tesla owners. (If they want to charge extra for faster charging, o.k., but access to some kind of charging should be available for all Teslas and built into the base price of the car.) This is implied in all advertising. No advertising that I have seen makes it explicit that you can buy a Tesla, and then, by the way, if you pay ADDITIONAL $2,000 you can plug in at Tesla charging stations.
Thoughts? Comments? (I realize that perhaps a vast majority might be automatically purchasing the supercharging option - I might have also, if the implication of not being able to charge at a charging station was fully explained - so perhaps this does not affect that many owners?)