Tesla might need to clear the hedgerows and signposts in some of the Supercharger locations so you don't back your skis or bikes up into them.
Looks like big trailers as well as small loaded Accessories Hitch will have to be disconnected before you can dock into Tesla Supercharger space.
Now that you have to, yes, why you you have to be the first to point out this problem, it will be solved "SOON" (how about after the snake bot goes prime time)
Maybe a charge port on the front of the car for when your towing. Then you just have to back out.
This is the first valid concern voiced in this forum!
I can unhitch a trailer on a nearby open spot, but it would be inconvenient to remove skis,bikes, and rack just to back into an SC bounded by hedges and poles.
@Son of a Gunn
Precisely. It may only take a kid 5 seconds to hook on an accessory hitch but much longer to take down all those skis and bikes down just to reach in a Supercharger cable.
Actually, the charge port is in the back, so even if you have the rack attached, the cable will be long enough. Hopefully your nose will not stick out too much, but otherwise this is not a big deal.
I know everyone knows the charge port is in the back, but the cable will be long enough. I am just saying Tesla did take this into account.
Some superchargers do let you pull in forward of course, but many don't.
I often carry a Yakima 2-tray carrier on my model S rear echo-hitch. There are a couple of Superchargers where it *barely* works backing in, as there is a wall or other obstacle behind the chargers. But so far I've been able to succeed at charging at every one I've tried (at least 5). But in at least once location there is less than 2" of tolerance without either backing into something or having the cable not reach. This X rack looks similar in rear extension, so it may just work fine as-is, if barely.
For comparison. I can use any supercharger with this rack installed. In some cases the clearance is not great, but it works. So it may well be fine with the rack above.
Thanks @dbh. I'd forgotten that there are S users with the ecohitch who would've encountered this issue. So it sounds like it's okay, albeit tight. Hopefully when they transition to the thinner liquid-cooled cables that they make them slightly longer.
You probably can park slanted cross two stalls before any real solution is implemented. Good thing is locals likely would not bring their ski rack to the SC.
@carlk: You probably can park slanted cross two stalls before any real solution is implemented. Good thing is locals likely would not bring their ski rack to the SC.
You mean those locals who are not supposed to be using the superchargers? :-)
Another reason for folding seats!
Wouldn't it be cheaper than moving all those signs?
I have a better thought. The new cables at Mountain View CA are thin and light. An upgrade to those cables with more length would make life much easier at the Superchargers for bikes, skis and other racks.
They've been able to bring portable tables and chairs, what could prevent locals from showing off their ski racks at a local Supercharger near you?
Tesla is caught flat footed again, like the cameras competing with the mirrors for the driver's line of sight, in the prototype.
Remember? The reason why royalties kept jesters around was simply to balance their own arrogance out with a good dose of horse sense.
Maybe Tesla needs some jesters on its staff.
Hope I do not approach a station that has no stalls left and a owner is using blocking two stalls.
Just a thought.
dbh: +1! And another 'concern' averted by actual experience. Thank you.
people towing trailers will be parking sideways... this may cause some conflict with other Teslas. Especially considering that Model Xs towing trailers will probably get approx 120 miles to a full charge in warm weather (given that an SUV towing a big trailer gets about half the original fuel economy).
logicalthinker: Maybe, but I'd hope it is the horrid energy efficiency of ICE vehicles, combined with the leaden feet of drivers, that is the biggest cause of such diminished range. Set cruise control to 55 MPH and with most windswept, low profile loads, you should be able to make 150 miles and have a decent displayed reserve of 20-50 miles remaining while towing between Superchargers.
Won't this drive the rear sensors nuts?