AlanSqB wrote:Superchargers are not just charging stations, they are marketing. They are the reason I have a Leaf now and aspire to own a Tesla when my lease is complete.
...They are also the reason that even if Nissan/VW/Mitsubishi come up with a 200+ mile car in the next few years, many will still buy Tesla. You can potentially buy the range, but you can't buy access to the supercharger network without the Tesla.
yup. look at the Bolt versus Model 3 right now:
- similar price tag
- similar range
- bolt will ship at least 1 year before model 3
- model 3 will have access to superchargers and chademo (via adapter plug)
- bolt has L2 and SAE Combo. period.
i don't know about anyone else, but in the Boston MA region there are plenty* of chademo and superchargers but only 2-3 SAE Combo chargers. Chevy has publicly stated that they aren't interested in investing in DCFC infrastructure at all, so early bolt drivers will have very little hope of finding a fast charger.
that's the magic right there. the biggest difference between the two: tesla invests in infrastructure and chevy claims that they won't.
nissan is right in the middle: they invest modestly in chademo infrastructure. better than nothing which means better than chevy... but nowhere near as good as tesla.
all the remaining difference between tesla and chevy products are contestable: i prefer the design of one over the other, one has greater production capacity and will likely ship ontime, one has started from a clean slate to take advantage of EV specific opportunities in design... etc etc. all noise in the end. the big picture is exactly as AlanSqB suggests: tesla has the supercharger network and THAT is significant
it's the primary reason i plunked down $1k on a model 3 reservation rather than make plans to buy a bolt.
and nissan? i just might upgrade to a new leaf in 2 years rather than a model 3, but they had better make one hell of a compelling vehicle AND more heavily invest in infrastructure between now and then.