Supercharger Network Hosts

Supercharger Network Hosts

Thinking about businesses that might be good candidates for partnering with Tesla to host Supercharger locations. Prerequisites would be: 1)National chain with thousands of locations and wide distribution. 2)Proximity to a freeway. 3)Can occupy drivers for 30 minutes. 4)Business that's not going away any time soon.

Hypothetical Press Release (Fill in the blank): "Tesla Partners with _________ To Host Supercharging Stations Across The US"

Any ideas? Here's a couple to get the conversation started...
- Starbucks
- Costco
- Home Depot
- ...

Brian H | January 31, 2013

Superchargers are too specialized (Tesla only) to be of interest to such businesses. They'd put in J1772 first. Probably will not happen.

Vawlkus | January 31, 2013

Tesla already partnered with someone to deploy the SCs. They're called Solar City.

DHrivnak | January 31, 2013

How about Cracker Barrel? Most in TN already have CHadeMO and J-1772 but only the 30 amp variety.

bellwilliam | January 31, 2013

+1 on Solar City. while the car is at Solar City office getting charged. Sales can try to sell him a $50k solar panels..

eDave | February 1, 2013

I'm not talking about deploying SC's... I'm talking about who hosts the footprint for the SC.

As for Solar City hosting SC's... There's only a few Solar City offices in only 14 states nationwide... microscopic vs retail chain distribution along interstates, and not exactly where drivers want to spend time while waiting for charge (vs coffee/restaurants/shopping).

Right now Tesla negotiates each SC location with the property owner. If they had a deal with a retail partner, it's one negotiation that would apply to many locations. Economies of scale, etc.

And the retailer would benefit from a captive audience. If just 10 cars per day use it, that's ~300 cars/month. If each driver+passengers spend $20 while waiting for charge, that's $6,000/mo new revenue... ON TOP OF whatever $ Tesla pays them to lease the space. WIN-WIN!