Submitted by fulcrum on January 30, 2014
Hello Tesla management,
I am in Washington DC Area and I would like to purchase a Model S. My condo bi-laws will not allow installation of EVSE in common areas and there is no electrical access near parking. What might work for me and others is if there was a supercharger nearby. I was pleased to see a quick charger open in Hagerstown, MD and I am seriously considering purchasing a Model S and make the 45 minute trek 3 times per week. (hopefully it won't be too much of a burden) Based on my current driving habits that would suffice. With the supercharger I can allow the car to charge for 30 minutes or so while I take a jog.
I think you should consider an additional strategy to expand available supercharging especially for those who cannot install charging at home or work. The DC Metro area (DC in particular)has many high end condo and apartment dwellers. Current public charging is too slow. We require supercharger speed. There are a number of qualified individuals that can afford the Model S but cannot purchase because we are unable to charge quickly or conveniently.
Find in city hosts (not the interstate installations) who would be willing to allow installation of quick chargers for a monthly fee. I and others like me would be willing to pay a subscription for this privilege. (100 - 200 / month perhaps?) Sweeten the offer by offing to install solar at the host installations if the numbers work of course. Maybe even have installations dare I say at gas stations?.... whoa! Maybe commercial buildings such as malls that can accommodate public access and is use to having the general public on property. Maybe partner with some of the current EVSE network providers and "wire" a few superchargers in tandem with their current installations. Maybe you can do poll of current and future Model S users and see if there is interest.
Oh by the way we need a Model S 2+2 coupe NOW. Go all the way and make it a hard top convertible. We will pay Model S prices. (a fully loaded 435I convertible is 68K; a 635I convertible is 90K+) We can certainly do 86 - 92K for this car and more for the fastest Model S 2+2 coupe version. Follow up with the cheaper version you have in the pipeline for the masses.
I really want my next car to be a full EV but fast charging is a major barrier.