Often, Elon makes a strategic move that appears to make no sense at the time. Then seven years later we find out that it never made sense. pic.twitter.com/ZkQPvSin1V— CoverDrive (@CoverDrive12) January 11, 2020
Tesla’s inability to figure out Supercharging pricing is incomprehensible. It’s been marketed in various forms:— CoverDrive (@CoverDrive12) January 11, 2020
– Free for life.
– Free for life if you pay $2000 up front.
– Free, but they send you a letter urging you not to use it.
– 420 kWh of free supercharging credits.
– Free if you refer a customer.— CoverDrive (@CoverDrive12) January 11, 2020
– Free if you get referred.
– Sorry, free SC is unsustainable.
– Fee based on connection time.
– Fee based household rates.
– Fee based on 2x household rates.
– Fines for remaining at the charger after tank is full.
– OK, another free promotion.
Finally, someone at $TSLA has figured it out. You just pay for the energy coming out of the wall. They should have done this from day one and avoided all of the customer confusion, nasty letters, and letters of apology. pic.twitter.com/whOJLR1Mod— CoverDrive (@CoverDrive12) January 11, 2020
"The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation. Combining these two factors, Tesla is able to provide Model S owners1 free long distance travel indefinitely."— The Froth (@maythefroth) January 11, 2020
1\ The wording suggests to me that they can't calculate energy coming out of the wall. They can only measure net charging by querying the car, and so must impute gross charging from fleet averages.— "Elon Says" (@ElonBachman) January 11, 2020
Which will lead to adverse selection and excess use.
2\ If I'm right, it's the classic @elonmusk fumble.— "Elon Says" (@ElonBachman) January 11, 2020
"Why pay for meters in every stall when we can do it through software in the car? First principles, dur, dur!"
Oh my! So a customer who puts 50 kWh into their battery could get charged for 75 kWh? Maybe I was premature in saying that they finally had it figured out.— CoverDrive (@CoverDrive12) January 11, 2020
That's a beautiful scam, really. Gas pumps are regulated by 3rd parties, but chargers? All in-house. A few of these nerds might do the math and figure out discrepancies, but not many. This RIPE piece of fruit on the tree is too tempting for Elon to resist….— cazin678 (@cazin678) January 11, 2020