Why all the secrecy about pending super chargers?

Why all the secrecy about pending super chargers?

I understand that they don't want to tell us exactly where planned super chargers will be in case things change and they have to find another location. Once the location is finalized and construction begins, why wait until it's open to list it on the site? Perhaps list it as "under construction" with a planned opening date?

Theresa | 17 janvier 2014

I don't think it is a secrecy thing so much as a workload item. It just adds work for no real apparent benefit. The lag between under construction and opening is typically in the one month timeframe. There is not a lot of benefit in knowing something is under construction for most users.

JenAlJill13 | 17 janvier 2014

Many speculated SCs have never come to fruition. A few months ago speculation was rife about a SC in Sturbridge, MA. I was excited about that since I could make it to Boston from Philly using that location. The location was perfect, it made sense, somebody said that permits were being applied... And then nothing. It's not even on Tesla's official map for the future. More recently, the Edison, NJ SC seems to be in doubt. Locations were discussed, permits were applied for, zoning hearings were scheduled (the most recent on Jan 14 was postponed by two weeks with no reasons given) and after months of anticipation we still don't know if and when the SC will be open. I would rather look at the Tesla site a few times a week and see how many are officially in service, which is all that matters.

Docrob | 17 janvier 2014

With a decent and growing network of observant drivers any SCs under construction tend to get spotted promptly, if reported at TMC or the forums here they make their way onto this map as a traffic cone.

lolachampcar | 17 janvier 2014

If Tesla provides the information, they are setting expectations. There is no benefit to them for doing this and this and other forums are all to full of people poo pooing Tesla for being late here or not doing exactly what they said they would do there.

I find it all somewhat amazing. A company bites off building a national fast charging infrastructure and people complain about the locations, how certain locations are not coming on line fast enough for them to take a particular trip or that getting a certain amount of charge takes 40 minutes instead of 30. I guess it is just human nature and I most certainly do not blame Tesla for choosing not to open itself up to even more scrutiny.

J.T. | 17 janvier 2014

There was a very long thread about Tesla over promising and under delivering with their Supercharger rollout. The main thrust of the OP was not disappointment in the rollout, but Tesla falling behind on their own schedule and not giving any explanation for the delays.

It got pretty bitter with people thinking the OP was less than supportive of the amazing things Tesla was acoomplishing. But, simply put; if you give us a schedule, stick to it, if you can't, tell us why.

Basically don't make promises you can't keep.
Tesla got the message: no more promises.

That's why it's a secret.

Like lola, I don't blame them.

negarholger | 17 janvier 2014

@lolachampcar +1

rgensler | 17 janvier 2014

What I find interesting is the number of known under construction has now dropped to 13. One would think that they would be able to keep the pipeline full of under construction sites.

wavehopper27 | 17 janvier 2014

I understand about not announcing future plans since the future can never be certain, but if they have a location finalized and all that's left is to build it, why not let us know? Theres a 3rd party map that shows current and pending super chargers but it relies on reports from people who happen to spot a super charger under construction so there is a demand for this knowledge, however small.

tes-s | 17 janvier 2014

They have a hard enough time keeping the website updated with all the superchargers coming on line.

They announced the Sturbridge MA supercharger 7 months ago. Since it is still not built, I guess they decided it was not such a good idea. It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

Brian H | 17 janvier 2014

lola, jt;

Yep. Try telling kids they may get candy in an hour, if you get round to it. Then don't.

Webcrawler | 17 janvier 2014

I really do not see the point. They are not going to get built any faster by making an announcement...

AmpedRealtor | 17 janvier 2014

Customers shouldn't hang their hats on promises, they should make a purchase decision based upon today's reality. Therefore, the supercharger map better reflects today's reality. You shouldn't buy this car on a promise which may or may not be fulfilled. It's best to rely on what's in place at the time you place your order, that way you've made your decision based on what is available today and not what may become available tomorrow. | 17 janvier 2014

There are so many things outside Tesla's control that can slow or even kill a desired site. A few of these are permits, land use, sufficient electrical power, already planned future changes to the area, etc.

For example, Harris ranch started out with a single Supercharger stall. It was choke point in the LA to SF route. My understanding is Tesla had to wait for a major electrical upgrade to add additional Superchargers stalls and now has 7 at that location.

NKYTA | 17 janvier 2014

@Tap, 7.5 as there is an 8th charger with a Roadster --> MS adapter.

donaldmeacham1 | 17 janvier 2014

It is amazing to see ( understand) what Tesla has done in a very short period of time. The paradigm is shifting.