Thought of the Day: Tesla Superchargers (Mark, May 21, 2014)

Mark responds to Nikki’s thoughts from yesterday on halo cars and talks about why it is that Tesla is doing so much right when it comes to supercharging.

Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of the Transport Evolved universe. Every weekday, Nikki and Mark will take it in turns to explore a story that catches our eye, developing a back and forth conversation between Transport Evolved’s two regular hosts.

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  • Kalle Centergren

    Tesla gets it right because they have to, unlike the others they only make electric cars.nIt isent a “on the side” experiment for them so this is way more importent to them that it is done right.nnSpeking about removeble range extenders, how many kWh of extra batterys do you think can fitt in the frunk?

    • Kalle Centergren

      Ok, the frunk holds 150 liters of storage space.nlithium-ion batteries have a energydensity of 230 Wh/liter. nSo that would mean you can fitt 34,5 kWh extra in the frunk.nn(It will be less than that beacause you would lose space to casing and suports and so on) n

      • Kalle Centergren

        That would weigh 270 kg

  • MEroller

    I agree with Kalle on the reason Tesla gets “it” while the rest does not: Tesla lives and breaths ONLY electric cars, so in order to stay in business AND excell in doing so they absolutely NEED to get everything just right! Anything less than “just right” may well leave them in the same plight as the other startups that have failed.nnFor all the rest electric cars are just a side “dish”, nothing they strive to concentrate more effort on than need be – in their eyes – and also nothing that (at this point in time) will bring them heaps of new revenue, but on the contrary rather quite a lot of financial losses. They only indulge in electric car development and production for political reasons, be it so overtly open like with the “compliance cars” for California, or a little more concealed to simply lower their fleet average CO2 output and thus at least some of the money “lost” for developing their electric cars is saved by not having to pay as much CO2 fine as they would have to for all their “steam-engined” cars…

  • Dennis Pascual

    The other thing about Tesla is it had the nearly 2500 Roadster owners to study the behavior of and understand what steps they needed to do in building the Model S and the network to support it. There has been a network of HPWC (70A) chargers that have been deployed in California and Nevada (as well as other locations) to support long distance Roadster driving, in the past. Unfortunately some of these sites have since been removed (at worst) or converted to J1772 (at best) and has made it again more difficult to travel the Roadster for any extreme distance (as opposed to the previous years.)