Large Lunch Queues At Tesla’s Most Utilized Supercharger Station, Hong Kong

JUN 12 2015 BY ALEXWAI 20

Hopewell Center - SuperCharger Housed On 12th Floor of 64-Storey Skyscraper (A. Wai)

Hopewell Center – SuperCharger Housed On 12th Floor of 64-Storey Skyscraper (A. Wai)

 

Having gained the status for being in the top ten most utilized Tesla Supercharging locations in April, the Hopewell Center station in Hong Kong has a queue packed with hungry Model S owners over the lunch hour.

Tesla owners reported that there are often up to 14 Model S waiting in the queue for the six Supercharging spaces.

Assuming all owners in the queue don’t leave their EVs for extended amounts of time over what it needed, the last Model S owner would still need to take around a two hour lunch break to get a boost.

In Hong Kong, Tesla or any other electric vehicle owners mostly rely on public chargers as their Destination Charger, as the majority of the population live in apartment buildings, and car owners tend to rent their parking space (as buying a Tesla could be more affordable than owning a parking space). So it is uncommon to have private home chargers.

Supercharger stations are frequently packed during lunch and after office hours between 5-7pm. I am sure many Tesla owners are looking forward to Elon releasing a SuperXcharger for coffee break drivers or perhaps better still – relocating a few under-utilized battery swapping station from California to Hong Kong.

Hopewell Supercharger During Off-Peak Hour (A. Wai)

Hopewell Supercharger During Off-Peak Hour (A. Wai)

Editor’s Note:  It can be tricky to cover all the plug-in news from around the world properly without having a “person on the ground” in each of the major regions; and as many InsideEVs readers know, we have had a void in Asia for some time now.  So we want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank Alex (based out of Hong Kong) for coming on board and rounding out the staff with his impressive local EV knowledge!

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20 Comments on "Large Lunch Queues At Tesla’s Most Utilized Supercharger Station, Hong Kong"

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Jason
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I wonder if these are some of the drivers that are overusing the Supercharging network according to Elon. Has there been any sign that they will expand this location?

tftf
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tftf

“I wonder if these are some of the drivers that are overusing the Supercharging network according to Elon.”

Well, free is free – that’s how SC stations were advertised by Tesla.

No wonder some people max out “FREE”, especially if these stations are centrally located.

Does Tesla now suddenly want to change the rules? I expect a huge uproar – they advertised free use over the lifetime of the car.

Lensman
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This was the first thing I thought of, after reading that other article: That if Musk is annoyed at Model S drivers in the USA who are (from his viewpoint) abusing the Supercharger network by using it for everyday charging, then the situation is going to be much worse in China, where it is quite difficult for most private citizens to get an EV slow charger installed for their own use at home. While I understand that Tesla Motors can’t afford to pay for a significant percentage of the Model S fleet to use the Supercharger system for most or all charging, Tesla Motors own press releases claim otherwise. I found an old PR that ended with a quote from Musk: “We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight.” http://ir.teslamotors.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=709155 Elon Musk has been caught by his own hype here. He needs to man up and admit this was hype, then change the “official word” from Tesla Motors to make it clear that Superchargers are only to be used as a support for long distance travel. Sooner or later, Tesla will have to put some limit on use of Superchargers; they will… Read more »
miggy
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miggy

HK has a increasing number of Tesla’s which now account for 66% of all EV sales. See details here: http://ev-sales.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/Hong%20Kong

M Hovis
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M Hovis

Welcome aboard Alex! As the editor’s note, we are hungry for accurate Asian EV news!

“In Hong Kong, Tesla or any other electric vehicle owners mostly rely on public chargers as their Destination Charger, as the majority of the population live in apartment buildings, and car owners tend to rent their parking space”

Where are the rented parking spaces in relationship to their apartments, and what is the general cost of renting a space?

sven
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sven

I suspect Hong Kong is like New York with regards to the cost of a parking space. There is one new condo in NYC where the asking price for a parking spot is $1 million! Note that a Tesla is emerging from that condo’s garage. 😀

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/realestate/million-dollar-parking-spot.html?_r=0

Will
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Will

We all knew this would happen. And 6 stalls in Hong Kong? That’s stupid. Hong Kong has a lot of rich residents who can afford a Tesla.

Marshal G
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Marshal G

This is one of 7 supercharger SITES in Hong Kong.

CDAVIS
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CDAVIS

Blog Article said: “In Hong Kong, Tesla or any other electric vehicle owners mostly rely on public chargers as their Destination Charger, as the majority of the population live in apartment buildings, and car owners tend to rent their parking space”

So that being the case, will Hong Kong Tesla sales be constrained by SC deployments?

Does the price point Tesla sell’s it’s cars in Hong Kong have baked into that price the assumption that many of those Tesla owners will be using the Tesla SC network as a primary charge point?

Cosmacelf
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Cosmacelf

Hong Kong is such a small island, that, by distance alone, it doesn’t need any Superchargers, except for a few to get to/from the mainland. So the fact that Tesla has 7 superchargers in the territory means they well understand the issue many HK residents have with respect to overnight charging. I suspect HK Tesla owners are using these Superchargers for now only until they can figure out a way to get overnight charging installed in their apartments, which can take a while.

Would you agree with that, Alex?

Londo Bell
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Londo Bell

The majority of apartment buildings DO NOT HAVE PARKING.

Long time ago, someone that I know worked @ Hong Kong, with a car. He had to take public transportation from his resident to the parking garage, which is about 30 mins away with no traffic.

sven
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sven

I did that for a while in NYC, but parked on the street. I even found a neighborhood with no alternate side of the street parking for street cleaning. So I didn’t have to move my car to the other side of the street twice a week for street cleaning!

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

LOL. A bunch of cheapskates that can afford a Tesla yet insist on using the ‘free’ supercharger system.

This is why most superchargers are located outside of dense city areas and in the rural areas BETWEEN cities. They are for long distance traveling, not for everyday charging.

Lee
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Lee

Hey dude seriously I can afford a Tesla and I want to champion EVs. But I can’t afford a $500,000 parking space. Using Superchargers in HK is a MUST for us, we rarely can use 400km per month as our Region is small, so accessing a SC once every 2 weeks for a full charge to be able to Champion Tesla seems very fair.

Without Superchargers in HK no one would buy a Tesla right now as it’s so hard to get the installation. Even if you own your space, you still need to get permission from management and usually their reply is a typical HK style risk avert NO CANNOT.

So before you judge HK people for using S/C understand the dynamics of the country.

Stephen
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Stephen

Will Elon be sending an email to these owners. There appears to be a double standard. Outside the U.S. Tesla has installed many SCs in population centers and is not whining about it.

Lensman
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Lensman

Elon whining about it is a very recent development:

“For the Superchargers, as we said in the initial press release, the Superchargers are free. It’s basically free long distance for life, forever. So free long distance forever is what the Superchargers are providing. Now, there are a few people who are quite aggressively using it for local Supercharging, and we will sort of send them just a reminder note that it’s cool to do this occasionally, but it’s meant to be a long-distance thing.”

source:
http://insideevs.com/elon-musk-comments-failed-tesla-battery-swap/

Lee
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Lee

If he writes a letter like this to people in HK good luck growing Tesla here seriously!

I would expect about 80% of people in HK with Tesla are relying on outside chargers to survive with their car. It’s so so difficult to get permission to get an installation in the apartments here.

Mike
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Mike

Different situations. Nearly all of those Tesla owners in Hong Kong lack the ability to charge over night. Most of the Tesla owners in the U.S. do, they just want to exploit the superchargers for free electricity. The problem with doing that is instead of having those superchargers available for range extending, is that instead you have situations like that in Hong Kong where there are many Model S drivers waiting for a long time to charge. Right now this isn’t a huge issue in the U.S. (though there are stations in CA along popular travel routes that can have backlogs), but as Tesla sells more cars and as new models come off the line, it will become a major problem that has a shot at eventually sinking the company (though not probable) as drivers force Tesla to spend on electricity While also giving the media plenty of negative PR as they show back logs of over used superchargers with a line of Model S’s waiting

JakeY
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JakeY

Not a double standard. They built those city stations (very recently mind you) for people without access to home charging. The biggest problem right now is people who do have easy means to charge the car at home but just choose to use superchargers exclusively to save money.

Lensman
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Lensman

Alex Wai:

Hello, and welcome to InsideEVs!

I look forward to more articles from you, hopefully very soon. In particular, I’d like to see one or more articles about the difficulties the average Chinese citizen faces in buying, licensing, and charging a plug-in EV.

I would also like to see articles diving into the subject of why alternative energy vehicle sales are sharply up in China, yet sales of the Tesla Model S remain far below what Tesla had originally projected.