As Superchargers get faster and busier, there are excellent opportunities for the Tesla app to help us manage access and be polite. I already see some tempers flare at busy Supercharger sites.
These features make use of the phone app, in-car app, and the Tesla community in managing this shared, valuable asset of Tesla Superchargers.
1. WAITING QUEUE MANAGEMENT
- If I arrive at a Supercharger that is full, I should be able to inform the app that I am there (confirm by gps location) and the app notifies folks who are already charging that there is a queue awaiting a charger. For the person charging who might be in a near-by restaurant, they get notification each time the queue length changes. If that were me and I have enough for my next destination that might be reason enough for me to go out and move my car. I would want to know who is next the queue (e.g. White ModelX ).
2. REMOTE RELEASE AND SUMMON
- If I see there is a queue, I would like to Remote Release my Tesla through the app, saving me from having to interrupt my meal to go run outside to move my car. Remote Release unlocks the charge port (but not the car), and informs the next person in the queue they can remove the charge plugin from the indicated car. Once the charge port is closed, the released car then autopilot drives to a non-charging parking spot, informing the owner where it has moved to. Even cars without autopilot would be cool to do that.
3. REMOTE RESERVE
- If I use my in-car Tesla screen to show it I am going to a Supercharger, it conditions the battery and if that location's chargers are full, adds me to the queue but at lower priority than people already present. Queue is arranged in next-to-arrive order, or even better in lowest-current-charge-and-farthest-yet-to-go. By sharing the fact that someone is about to arrive with 2% and have another 50 miles/km to go to their destination, I might agree to give up my place in the queue and have another coffee while they top up. (The Canadian option)
Even if these features are not exactly correct, I feel there is a lot of potential in the app, in the car, and in the general good-will of the Tesla community that the local Tesla network could be employed to help manage the optimal utility of the Superchargers at any location. At the very least, it would reduce the arguments when lineups start to accumulate at chargers and there are arguments as to who should go next.