Tesla Vehicles Now Show Real-Time Supercharger Occupancy Info On Vehicle Screen

7 months ago by Steven Loveday 17

Tesla has made several efforts as of late, to help curb the problem of Supercharger availability (which will compound exponentially as the Model 3 hits roadways). Now, the company is making real-time Supercharger occupancy available to drivers, via the in-car touchscreen.

The company’s first efforts – aside from expansion and continually increasing the current network¬†– included setting up a text-based service that alerted users when their Supercharging was complete. Musk took this a step further by adding a system that causes Tesla drivers to incur monetary penalties if they don’t move their vehicles out of Supercharger spots, once charging is completed.

Since Tesla has the ability to monitor activity at all Superchargers, it only makes sense to provide this information to vehicle owners. It lessens the hassle associated with leaving the course of a trip to charge their vehicles, only to find out that they wasted time and range traveling to a Supercharger location that is full or experiencing an extended wait.

The update happened last month as part of version 8.0, but drivers are just beginning to see it activated now. The map shows the number of chargers at each location and how many are occupied. If an intended location is occupied, the user can simply zoom out on the touchscreen map and search for other options. As with all of Tesla’s over-the-air updates, more Supercharger-related “ease of use” features are to be expected.

Now that Tesla is charging for Supercharger access, coupled with the fact that the company intends to be putting a half million vehicles on the road per year starting in 2018, customers have a growing expectation. One of the most substantial concerns related to EV adoption, other than range anxiety, is excessive charging time.

Tesla Supercharger Occupancy Screen Shot

Source: Teslarati

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17 responses to "Tesla Vehicles Now Show Real-Time Supercharger Occupancy Info On Vehicle Screen"

  1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Since Tesla has the ability to monitor activity at all Superchargers, it only makes sense to provide this information to vehicle owners.”

    Yes, and it has been puzzling me for years that Tesla didn’t provide this info wirelessly to Tesla drivers, in real time.

    No doubt there were issues with implementation, but I’m glad to see Tesla Inc. finally provide this app to its customers.

    Go Tesla!

    1. Nix says:

      I think for a long time, the vast majority of superchargers simply didn’t have a crowding problemn the vast majority of the time. And the few that did have crowding problems were well known to repeat visitors.

      It will be interesting to see if the app simply reports this reality in a more transparent way.

      1. Brandon says:

        Exactly. Not needed most places until relatively recently.

        1. SJC says:

          It is what I predicted many years ago, it has to do with “hang time”. Gasoline cars are filled in 5 minutes, the EV takes 30 minutes or more.

  2. pjwood1 says:

    I notice the Service Centers with Superchargers often use them for the loaners and serviced cars. Hopefully, when people see loaded SCs on their maps, they’ll realize the odds are slim Tesla won’t be able to make room for them.

  3. William says:

    “Odds are slim” that “people see” that waiting patiently is the “loaded SCs” experience. Nice try to suggest that crowded SCs have no attendants or help to get “people” charged and out on the road as quickly and efficiently as possible. Tesla model S and X are the cars and Superchargers that actually have “room for them”! Everybody else, not so much.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I’m not sure what you’re trying to say, but Supercharger stations don’t have attendants. Furthermore, I’ve never seen seen anyone suggest that Tesla car drivers need help in plugging and unplugging their cars.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Oops! Mea culpa.

        Looks like some of the busy stations in California do:

        “Tesla places attendants at California Superchargers to help deal with demand”

        https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-attendants-california-superchargers/

  4. Someone out there says:

    They could expand it further by checking how many people have a supercharger station marked as a destination in their car and from that work out potential waiting time for late comers.

  5. GeorgeS says:

    Yup. Sitting in the model S right now. It shows a little graphic for all the SC’s on the nav map

    You can quickly see how many spots there are. If a spot is occupied it shows red.

    Looks like the busiest SC is the one in cordes lakes near Arcosanti with 3 out 6 spots taken. Flagstaff 0 out of 4. Casa grande 1 out of 5.

  6. Waiting says:

    Not being a Millennial, does anybody else feel that a co-pilot (driver) will be needed to monitor the vehicle’s screen? Either that or a lot of time sitting on the side of the road??? LOL

  7. scottf200 says:

    Very cool map showing this data: http://www.ev-prices.com/Home/SuperChargers
    “Realtime supercharger data provided by wk057”

    1. Wolfson292 says:

      Glad you like it. Open to suggestions.

      1. Michael says:

        Great website – gives you a very good feel about SC usage overall.
        How do you get the real time data on your website? I thought Tesla provides that data only on your in-car screen?

        1. Wolfson292 says:

          That’s where it’s coming from. With a little magic.

          1. Michael says:

            Looks like Tesla has been cutting you off or something is wrong? At least your website suddenly shows only 0 availability at all SCs.
            Hope you get that fixed – was a cool status overview!

  8. Dan says:

    Now if they could only figure out how to schedule the cars coming in off the hwy and give priority to those on through trips vs local electron suckers.

    My dream would be to have the car call ahead and get in line – you would be told the stall number and the charger would be smart to not allow line jumping.