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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:08 pm

coolfilmaker wrote:I think the crazy plan has to do with battery swapping at the supercharger stations.


I agree.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:20 pm

Solar is my guess also but who knows, I had forgotten SolarCity was an Elon enterprise. His comments at the shareholders meeting certainly seem to indicate solar, crystals lighting up? Great Idea on the retired packs for storage, I had not thought of that.. Not going to be a huge supply of those at first though.

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:32 pm

pii100 wrote:Solar is my guess also but who knows, I had forgotten SolarCity was an Elon enterprise. His comments at the shareholders meeting certainly seem to indicate solar, crystals lighting up? Great Idea on the retired packs for storage, I had not thought of that.. Not going to be a huge supply of those at first though.


I highly doubt Tesla will use a storage system for supercharging. It's just inefficient and unnecessary. It's the same reason they don't put solar panels in their cars.

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:33 pm

If not then they aren't going to be making any friends at the utilities!

Edit: I'm sure whatever it is will involve a wheel of cheese or a unladen African Swallow.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:34 pm

coolfilmaker wrote:I highly doubt Tesla will use a storage system for supercharging. It's just inefficient and unnecessary. It's the same reason they don't put solar panels in their cars.


I don't know about that. I've been thinking about it for a few hours and it sort of makes sense. By using solar you could bypass all of the regulations and red-tape involved in getting high voltage from the electric company. (I think I heard somewhere that this was slowing down Chademo adoption) and even if the station is out in the middle of nowhere on a long highway you wouldn't have to worry about having a high voltage connection to the grid.

With a combination of solar, maybe generators, and/or a regular 240V link to the grid you could keep a set of batteries fully charged waiting for the next customer to drive by.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:40 pm

Had not thought about it also giving them more choices in siting. Maybe they will go with another silicone valley "Greener" tech to supplement solar, the bloom box. I haven't heard anything out of them in months.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:35 pm

Tesla / Solar City have already teamed up to put Tesla sourced battery packs into homes of certain Solar City customers.

It's a logical extension that they would plan to do the same thing to minimize demand charges for Supercharging.

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:25 am

I was disappointed to not hear any announcement of the supercharger network on Friday. But I suppose it is better to slowly make big announcements to not have too much at once. News since Friday has some conflicting information. A earlier comment from Elon Musk indicates they will make some sort of announcement in July and another more recent comment from JB Straubel says within a year. I suppose July is within a year.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:57 am

palmermd wrote:I was disappointed to not hear any announcement of the supercharger network on Friday. But I suppose it is better to slowly make big announcements to not have too much at once. News since Friday has some conflicting information. A earlier comment from Elon Musk indicates they will make some sort of announcement in July and another more recent comment from JB Straubel says within a year. I suppose July is within a year.

Good so it isn't just me. I was scouring the internet and tesla's website trying to find the big announcement that they said would be coming on June 22. But I couldn't find anything.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:19 am

Note, they had supercharger prototypes in use during the event. They weren't 'made pretty' so weren't showed off specifically, but it was quite clear that they have the hardware working and are using it to charge the cars.

I think we all basically assumed that by now, but it was good to see them using it routinely.

And yes, the Supercharger cable is about as 'fat' as the connector going into the car. No CHAdeMO or SAE monster plug on the end.

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