Tesla Motors Opens 26th Supercharger Station as Site in Waco, Texas Comes Online

SEP 10 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 19

“We’re about to open our 26th Supercharger in Waco. Owners can now travel free between Dallas, Austin & San Antonio.”

Look at That Fall 2013 Map!!!

Look at That Fall 2013 Map!!!

Says Tesla Motors via its Facebook page.

We should immediately point out that Tesla is including the 6 Superchargers in Norway in the statement above, so there’s actually only 20 operational in the US as of right now.

Tesla’s 20th US station comes online today in Waco, Texas.

Tesla plans to have 28 Superchargers in action by the time Summer 2013 comes to an end (September 21), so only two more need to come online by September 21 for this remarkable goal to be met.

Tesla adds this statement in:

“In August we met our goal of tripling our Superchargers this summer. This month we’re opening more stations in TX, IL & the North East.”

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19 Comments on "Tesla Motors Opens 26th Supercharger Station as Site in Waco, Texas Comes Online"

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David Murray
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David Murray
You know.. I haven’t seen this discussed anywhere. But I look at how the Tesla Model-S has the charging port on the rear of the car, much like a gasoline car. And I have to ask myself WHY? Being that this car was supposed to break with all traditions of gasoline cars, why keep this one? It really doesn’t make any sense on an electric car. Toyota did it on the Plug-in-Prius just to save a few bucks on manufacturing costs. But I am sure that is not Tesla’s reason. The biggest problem I see is when using public charging stations, even the superchargers. Most of the ones I’ve seen require the driver to back the car into the spot. A lot of people have difficulty backing a car into a spot. Its just something probably 50% of drivers are just not good at doing. I’ll admit, I’m not an expert at it either. I think Nissan got it right by putting the charging port right on the nose of the car. This is the most logical place. Most other cars have it on the driver’s side in front of the driver door. While that is better, it still makes… Read more »
Josh
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I like the Nissan charge port placement as well. From a design standpoint, I think the charger location placement is to reduce the cabling length (weight) to the onboard chargers and the bypass direct to the pack for SuperCharging.

One thing to remember, if you have a Model S, you may never use a public charger other than a SuperCharger.

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vdiv

One reason is safety. Tesla may want you to back into parking spots so that you have good visibility when leaving.

The real reason is probably the desire to have the length of the charging cord limited to allow for the high current of supercharging, to reduce cost, and by reducing the chance of tripping over the cord.

Spec
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Spec

Well . . . you gotta admit that it is cool the way it is hidden within tail-light. I’m not sure if that is the reason why it is there but that is nice camouflage.

I think it is an odd spot. My preference it just outside the driver door AND just outside the passenger door so you could charge from either side. But that is expensive.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

I think they should offer an optional additional charge port behind the front “grille”, with one or more regional standards such as J1772, ChaDeMo, CCS, etc.

David Stone
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David Stone

I doubt if this was the reason, but it is better to have the port at the back as it encourages people to back in.

Ease of movement – easy to difficult / safety – hig to low:
– driving forwards into parking space
– driving forwards out of parking space
– driving backwards into parking space
– driving backwards out of parking space

Due to extremly reduced visiblity, reversing out of a parking space is the most dangerous to all traffic, including to the driver, is the most difficult and takes the most time if danger is to be minimised.
Pedestrians are also in danger if the space is in a driveway.

DonH
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And how about it has no ugly hatch cover like most other cars.

DonH
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Also, Tesla doesn’t seem to have that ugly antenna protrusion like a lot of top shelf cars have, yet I don’t know where it is, somebody?

Josh
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From what I have heard, the AM/FM radio antenna is integrated into the roof structure of the Model S. The reports are that the reception is marginal. But when you have streaming internet radio, who cares if you AM channels are a little fuzzy.

Spec
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Spec

For a minute there I thought . . . that’s odd . . . a wooden supercharger?

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland
Apparently only the wireless (Tesla Tower ??) superchargers are wood grained. My Roadster has poor placement of the charge connector also if you happen to live in a left side steering country. The #6 cable goes over to the right hand side of the car anyway, since that is where the 150 amp charge fuses are, at the right rear. So they would have saved a bit of cabling by putting it on the right hand side, and it would be safer for public charging use. As it is, I have to throw the cable over the roof, or, as some VolT owners do, put the cable through the cabin and partially roll up the windows. I don’t own one, but Nissan seemed to have the best Idea. Port in the front center, j1772 for economy and midscale versions, and an optional Chademo for the top of the line products. This philosophy of theirs makes the one car charging compatible world-wide. You just have to get used to the fact that Tesla will not conform easily to existing standards. They’d rather plow their own way. So its up to you if you still want to buy the car. I’ve mentioned… Read more »
GRA
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GRA

If the statement that “Tesla plans to have 28 Superchargers in action by the time summer comes to an end” is Tesla’s, rather than Eric’s gloss, they’re playing fast and loose with the truth. They said back in May that they’d have 27 stations _in the U.S._ on line by the end of summer, and published a map showing them. They have now removed that map from the Supercharger website, but GCR has printed it, or you can still see the sites that were/are supposed to be ready by looking at the Fall map and seeing the red dots which are missing from the ‘Now’ map. IIRR they’re still short two sites in California, one in Colorado, one in Florida, one in Rockford, Illinois and three? along I-95.

On the positive side, they’ve brought on line the one in Woodburn, Oregon early, and also put Superchargers at the factory in Fremont although I can’t see any reason for a customer to need them there, as they’re too close to Gilroy to be needed for travel to/from the Bay Area and 101 or 5 Southbound.

Josh
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This is typical Tesla fashion though. They will hit their technical promises, but the timeline will look a little fuzzy compared to original proclamations. Since they are building it on their own dime, I’ll give them the wiggle room on the actual deployment dates.

It was probably a little arrogant to think that they could steam through all of the pre-construction red tape to hit the deadlines. If they keep popping up 2 or 3 new stations every month, it should give their customers confidence that the network will build out to the final plan.

Compare this to the support and speed of deployment of CCS chargers.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

Its also free publicity and part of the cost of the supercharger can be considered the increase in Musk’s stock price.