Submitted by Shinywalrus on Tue, 2012-09-25 06:12
As a planned 2013 Model S owner, I'm sure I was excited by much of the news yesterday as everyone, although I was hoping to hear more about infrastructure in Texas where the Superchargers will be vital to using anything but the 85 on common cross-state routes.
Making products free is unequivocally good on one level, but I wonder whether this will end up being an unwise decision. It seems to me that making use of the Supercharger free will modify its use from a "distance refueling" option to an option preferable to recharging at home for many cost-conscious consumers who live in the vicinity of such a station. If these stations' capacity is being dominated by those who are looking to avoid home-charging costs, does it then make the network less useful and more frustrating for the cross-country travelers for whom I think the system was originally developed?
I think it's clear Tesla have done something revolutionary here, so I hope this is interpreted as the "unintended consequences" post it was meant to be and not undue criticism of one of the first truly novel and exciting things to come out of autos in years.
What do you all think?