It is understandable that Tesla’s Supercharger stations at certain areas will be congested according to the season, but there could come a time where Tesla vehicles significantly outnumber the stations especially with the impending Tesla Model 3 that will be revealed in March.

Although these charging amenities are able to charge up to 80 percent of a 85kWh battery in half an hour, waiting for that amount of time for someone to scoot over so you can fill up is still quite a wait.

Of course Tesla owners can just charge their cars at home, and so what if it’s ten times slower than filling up at a Supercharger station? Just do it overnight. The only catch is that installing a home charger is not particularly simple, and it can cost up to over $5,000, though the average cost of installing a NEMA 14-50 is about $1,000 to $2,000.

But hey, if you can afford a Tesla Model S then you could surely afford a four figures for convenience, right?

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EvLover · January 12, 2016 at 7:15 am

With current technology it is difficult to charge at home to skip Tejon Ranch (Lebec, CA) and Harris Ranch (Coalinga, CA) Superchargers where drivers were in line waiting during holidays’ rush along Los Angeles to San Francisco route.

Also, last Saturday night, 7 out of 8 bays in Ann Arbor, MI Supercharger were occupied by non-Tesla cars who blocked out (called Iced) 3 other Tesla cars that needed charging.

Mick Turner · January 12, 2016 at 7:35 am

Whilst it is possible that some people user Superchargers to avoid charging at home their main purpose is to allow long distance travel and to provide the exact same function as gas stations do when you are driving further than the range with a full tank of gas.

S · January 13, 2016 at 6:24 am

Super chargers are used mostly by those ‘traveling’, for example from coast to coast, or from DC to FL for instance. As you can imagine (maybe not?) it won’t be possible to charge at home and arrive at your destination 1000 miles away without stopping at the super chargers that are often ICEd by non-electric vehicles, with owners that probably have the same simpleton mentality as you!
Do you perhaps have a Subject Matter Expert review your stuff before you hit the “post” button? If not, you should consider it!

Jack Brown · January 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm

I am not quite sure where your commentary comes from. 85% of EV charging typically happens at home. People driving within their range bubble are already doing this. Superchargers are designed for traveling. Last week, I drove 1709 miles with my daughter checking out UC schools that she was interested in. We visited 13 Superchargers and one public L2 charger at UC Santa Barbara during those trips back and forth to our home base and only once did we wait for a Supercharger. That was in Fountain Valley and we waited less than 2 minutes. The only time I have ever waited longer was at Fremont which was 10 minutes and I have over 65,000 miles on this car in less than 2 years. The only incident I think can come close is at Tejon Ranch over Christmas time. This was a busy week and a brush fire had closed down the other route along the 101. Tesla responded by sending employees to the location to coordinate the charge queue and even provided drinks and snacks for those who were inconvenienced. (I have never seen Costco do that for their gas lines!)
The thing is Tesla is growing the network as demand grows and it really is not that expensive for them to do so. Try adding more hydrogen stations or gas stations. If you do want to report an issue, try GM. They are planning on deploying their Chevy Bolt for “Around $35k” while not building out the CCS quick charge infrastructure. Not only will they frustrate all their new EV owners, but current BMW i3 owners and any other company that adopted that standard.

John · January 13, 2016 at 10:42 pm

I’d like to correct the author and point out that Tesla Model S vehicles do not require a $5,000 charger, or in fact any external AC charger at all. The charger is already built into the car and all it needs is an outlet to attach to. Standard wall outlets, dryer outlets, or a NEMA 14-50 (electric range) outlet all work with varying speeds. The 14-50 outlet runs 15 bucks at most hardware stores, and can be installed by a handy homeowner in an hour or so.

We use Superchargers to charge when we are on road trips, and most superchargers are located along major highways for that reason.

Ron E · January 13, 2016 at 10:43 pm

Well said Mick.

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