First Class Tesla Supercharging Service In Hong Kong

JUN 25 2015 BY ALEX WAI 21

A Tesla Model S was spotted riding on a flatbed Supercharging at the Science Park location. It sure made a scene and raised questions among other Tesla owners if there was a frequent charging program being offered for such premium valet style service.

This is the only location the flatbed truck driver doesn’t need to worry about ceiling height limits. Most parking facilities in the city are commonly limited by 1.8m to 2.0m height restrictions. The other six Superchargers stations are located indoors where parking facilities are bound to these height restrictions.

The flatbed truck service was likely offered by Tesla HK, but we’re not sure if this particular incident cost the owner any fees.

Driver may have drained the battery requiring roadside service. (Photo via LamKH)

Driver may have drained the battery requiring roadside service. (Photo via LamKH)

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21 Comments on "First Class Tesla Supercharging Service In Hong Kong"

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sven

Who said the Models S doesn’t use any gasoline. 😉

The article said that in Hong Kong, “most parking facilities in the city are commonly limited by 1.8m to 2.0m height restrictions.”

1.8m is 70.81 inches or just shy 5 feet 11 inches. How is a Model X going to open its falcon-wing doors in that garage? I wonder if Tesla will lose more sales than it gains by offering FW doors on the X instead of regular doors.

sven

Oops, it would use diesel not gasoline.

mo

Yup, that makes sense. The Model X will LOSE sales MORE than it gains based on ceiling height in Hong Kong. That’s completely logical.

Not a problem for Teslarians. They will drop off the passengers before entering the parking structure. And pick them again outside the parking structure. After all, a falcon is really an outdoor bird.
Besides, the front doors are always there to use 🙂

Lensman

“See Through” said:

“Not a problem for Teslarians. They will drop off the passengers before entering the parking structure. And pick them again outside the parking structure.”

Sure, why not? Especially since the Model X will be able to self-drive into and out of the parking structure.

Wait, what? You were trying to be sarcastic? Well, that’s what happens when you fail to pay attention and fall behind the current state of Tesla tech.

GO TESLA!

What are you smoking? A self-parking Tesla? Which century are you talking about?

Lensman

Which century are you living in? Apparently not the 21st.

Dr. Evil

And who will plug in the cable when the car drove automatically to the charger?
I guess they will have to follow the car by foot, makes perfect sense.

Mike I

The height restriction is based on the lowest obstacle anywhere in the parking structure. Usually, the typical height around parking spaces is more. Besides, Model X will have sensors so that the doors don’t hit things.

Give it a break, already. FW is here to stay. Who the heck opens the rear doors when filling up?

sven

Passengers sitting in the rear seat or third row. I think people use these garages to park every day, not just to charge their Teslas. No?

If you lived in a Honk Kong high rise apartment or condo with a 1.8m ceiling height parking garage would you even consider buying the Model X, or would you immediately cross it off list?

Lensman

Given that the Model X will have a “valet” mode, in which the car will drive itself right to your door, or drive itself to its parking stall from your door, so you wouldn’t ever need to walk to or from the parking structure, why would anyone care about something so trivial as that?

I think SUV/CUV car buyers will be choosing a car on far more important matters than the geometry of how the falcon wing doors open in a constricted space.

sven

Would “valet mode” work in an underground urban/city garage if there is no GPS signal to tell the car or Tesla’s server that the car is on private property, or would it revert to shutting off valet mode as a failsafe? I thought valet mode is supposed to be unavailable on public roads. Otherwise, anybody can block the GPS signal and trick the Tesla into thinking it is on private property. And how would it navigate in the underground garage without a GPS signal, since the radar and sensors are really for avoiding objects and not for navigating?

Lensman
“I thought valet mode is supposed to be unavailable on public roads.” Good point. For those Chinese who live in apartment buildings with no underground parking garage under the building, valet mode won’t be available to drive their car to wherever they have rented a parking space, because it would have to use public streets. “Otherwise, anybody can block the GPS signal and trick the Tesla into thinking it is on private property.” Maybe, but I think you’re making a few assumptions there ahead of facts. “And how would it navigate in the underground garage without a GPS signal, since the radar and sensors are really for avoiding objects and not for navigating?” I’m not sure, but the most obvious method would be to tell the car to record the movements, steering, etc. for the intended path, including pulling into the parking stall; then at any later date the valet mode could be ordered to repeat those steps. I’m pretty sure I’ve already read about similar things being done. And in fact, I don’t think relying on GPS would be accurate enough to ensure the car would park precisely in a parking stall. Civilian GPS isn’t that accurate, and I’m… Read more »
sven

These are going to be interesting times ahead. 🙂

On a related note, there were two very interesting news stories involving driverless cars today: two driverless cars from competing companies almost collide, and a moral question – should a driverless car decide who lives or dies in an accident.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/26/autos-selfdriving-nearmiss-idUSL1N0ZB2UY20150626

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-25/should-a-driverless-car-decide-who-lives-or-dies-in-an-accident-

Will

I wouldn’t trust a valet mode, personally. I like to be in control and park the car myself. Allows me to account for other vehicles that are badly positioned, and gives me peace of mind that my human mind can overcome problems the software is still not up-to-par at handling.

5’11” garage? Are these garages for trolls?

Anon

Yes, I think “See Though” lives there. 😉

Big Solar

Bwahahaha!!!

Mr. M

no, because trolls are more like 9 feet tall.

Lensman

No, they’re shorter than Munchkins. They just think they’re tall.