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Where are the charging stations?

Where are the charging stations?

It seems a good time, since the Model S is being released, to comminicate about new charging station. There are only level 2 's around Chicago, but not many. By Gurnee Mills Mall, and some of our Walgreens and Walgreens corporate here. There are more popping up in some garages in the city. It has begun....

ggr | 18 August, 2012

So, Butch, it looks like you'll get yours an hour before we get ours... because of time zones. We could have picked up on Monday but my wife's commitments didn't allow it. But I think I'll still be the first at Qualcomm.

Larry Chanin | 18 August, 2012

@swmedland

I downloaded Recargo on my iPhone and filtered out all charging stations except Tesla (under Settings). It shows around 25 stations between Orange County and San Francisco, but I'm not sure what a Tesla charging station means in this context. Can anyone enlighten the group?

I believe the Recargo Tesla chargers are Roadster High Power Connectors.

It has a different proprietary connector than the Model S so until Tesla produces an adapter it will only be of use to Roadster owners.

Larry

jerry3 | 18 August, 2012

bsimoes (31 vs 62 mph charge).

If I understand what you're asking:

1. Superchargers bypass either single or twin chargers so no difference there.

2. Any a/c connector that provides more than 40 Amps of charging will benefit from twin chargers.

You can liken the connectors to transportation modes:

Walking--120V 12 amp--5 mph (hairdryer)
Cycling--220V 30 amp--15 mph (stove)
Driving--220V 50 amp--30 mph (RV)
Light rail--220V 80 amp--60 mph (HPC)
Shinkansen--90 kWh DC--300 mph (supercharger)

electricblue0303 | 18 August, 2012

@Andrew18

When are you getting your Model S? Mine will be here in Nov. We should have a delivery party for Chicago folks! (all Model S admirers would be invited of course)

Brian H | 19 August, 2012

electric;
Every owner should be obliged to hold a car-warming party within 1 week of taking delivery. >:-O >:) Free buffet and bar.

Superliner | 19 August, 2012

As has been mentioned, "on road" or away from home charging will probably not be the norm for many including myself. I rarely exceed 50 miles / day driving let alone 200 + coupled with the fact that I'll have a full charge nearly every time I leave home AND the fact that I have two other ICE vehicles should I REALLY need to take a 2000 mile road trip in a limited amount of time.

Not sure if I'll keep the two ICE cars I currently have though as lic. insurance costs etc. for cars that sit most of the time will probably far exceed the cost of just renting a car when and if needed.

jerry3 | 19 August, 2012

Superliner,

Right. Vacation trips are about the only time I'll ever use an away-from-home charger.

msksus1 | 19 August, 2012

I suggest that tesla owners create their own super highway of charging stations. If everyone makes available their chargers, when they are home, the range anxiety would be dramatically reduced. Either for a small fee or free charging at fellow owners, this would allow a network to be formed til more businesses are compelled to install charging stations.

jerry3 | 19 August, 2012

msksus1,

I thought that was what they were doing. The only fly in the ointment is that it will be years before there is reasonable coverage (except for the west coast and north east, neither of which do me a lot of good).

Butch | 19 August, 2012

@ggr: Please send me a private e-mail to tesla@irupe.com So, a former Qualcomm employee and a current Qualcomm employee will get their Model S's on the same day. Nice...

@jerry3: Nice comparisons...I agree completely.

Brian H | 19 August, 2012

jerry;
The coverage by owners' home chargers + commercial sites (malls, restaurants) + the Supercharger network might fill in faster than you think, if the pressure is kept on to contact new owners about joining. A "word from the wise" from stores or TM HQ giving links to local associations and/or wider webs would facilitate that immensely, of course.

Superliner | 19 August, 2012

@ msksus1; Plug Share seems to be a fairly good source for finding available "opportunity" charging. It appears many private BEV owners / non owners are making their residences available to those needing a charge top off while on the road.

I plan on doing so as soon as I get the electrical work completed on my house installing a dedicated 240V plug/circuit in my garage with another on the outside to provide access to a veh. in my driveway to opportunity charge if needed.

jerry3 | 20 August, 2012

Brian,

I'm sure it will for the East and West coasts. I'm not so hopeful about the middle states. My thought is that there will be a few but not where I typically travel.

msksus1 | 20 August, 2012

well when i get mine in here, just mins from omaha, i will allow tesla owners to top off.

Brian H | 20 August, 2012

jerry;
Don't forget that the map and the fora are only a minute fraction (<10%?) of total reservations. Buyers will be far more motivated to join charging clubs than chat clubs, I suspect!

jerry3 | 21 August, 2012

Brian,

I don't doubt that. Any Tesla reservation holders in Stillwater, OK or Junction City, KS? (The two logical charging places for a Model S for most of the trips that I do.)

If so do you plan to purchase an HPC?

Brian H | 21 August, 2012

I think there needs to be some collaboration with Tesla stores to pass on a link to co-op charging networks.

It could help overcome the dreaded "range anxiety" sales resistance!

Tojones | 20 February, 2013

Msksus1, did anyone take you up on the tesla network? Seattle responding. Model S. looking for Oregon and points south to sacamento, on the "electric highway" to LA.

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