As 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.
You're right, this is becoming an issue. Supercharger spots are meant for charging, not parking. Will take action.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2016
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?