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Published on December 13th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Tesla CEO Elon Musk Plans Fix For People Who Don’t Move Car After Supercharging

December 13th, 2016 by  

tesla-model-s-chargingAs the number of Teslas out there has grown, some Supercharger locations (particularly in California) have become increasingly crowded. As a result, people who leave their car in a Supercharger spot long after their charging has finished have become more and more of an irritation to others wanting to use the spots.

Some of these irritated owners have been tweeting Tesla CEO Elon Musk about the problem as of late, and the very publicly accessible CEO has gone ahead and given a real reply on the matter: something will be done about it.

This isn’t too surprising, as the issue is set to blow up if with the launch of the Model 3 (scheduled for roughly one year from now). The number of Supercharger users will grow rapidly once that model is launched, and many of them may not be up to speed on EV etiquette.

Of course, that’s part of the reason that Tesla recently revealed that, as of the start of 2017, there will no longer be unlimited free Supercharger use — but rather that new vehicle buyers will be granted a generous amount of free yearly use, which will likely meet the needs of occasional long-distance travelers but not those who charge at Superchargers regularly rather than at home.

This latter group will now (starting next year) have to pay a nominal rate above the base local electricity rates to charge at Superchargers.

Presumably, there will also be some kind of fining system for those who hog spaces after charging has finished, tied together with the new pay system. But who knows, that’s just speculation.

Any thoughts on the matter from readers? What would be a good solution to the problem?

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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