Thought it might be time for a thread on this topic, continuing from the off-topic discussion at:
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palmermd wrote: ...The current cars are paying for the charge stations...after the network is built out, the next car sales will pay for the solar and battery pack additions to the stations. Yes, sales of the Model S will pay for the build-out of the network and in return they will get charging for life. I don't believe that Model 3 will have the same offer. I expect that they will be charging for Model 3 owners to use the superchargers. $100k car gets prepaid charging, $50k car gets to pay for the energy consumed. Tesla has not stated any of this but this is just my own view of what they are doing and I think it makes perfect sense...
Tesla is charging the one group who is willing to pay for the infrastructure, and that is people who can afford a $100k car.
Well, this is an interesting theory, variations on which I've read many times before.
Can you try plugging in the anticipated costs for the network and the kWh (purchased or generated) and show how it could actually be profitable, or even recover the costs, for TSLA?
It seems to me that the only way it could work (and quite improbably, at that) is if the future purchasers of the "$50k car" (if and when they are sold) would be willing to subsidize the charging costs for those "people who can afford a $100k car" in the present.
Anyone else have a guess on how "free...forever" DC charging could be possible?