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Memorial Superchargers

Idea: Tesla could allow people (perhaps exclusively reservation holders/buyers) to sponsor Supercharger stations, which would be commemorated with a plaque on site and by name in reference to the stations in the in-car navigation system.

I'm sure there are a few out there who would take the opportunity to both hasten the expansion of the charging network and acknowledge someone to whom the region served by the Supercharger meant a great deal, or would have appreciated the advance of technology, reduced pollution, and energy independence that Tesla's solar powered supercharger stations represent.

Nick;
You gotta understand. Each SC is a business proposition; Solar City installs arrays, sells to the utility, buys power from the grid, makes a profit. It is not a question of "sponsorship" or paying for the hardware. Try to comprehend.

Sorry Brian, it's an interesting idea. Sports teams sell naming rights, organizations name buildings for major donors, etc. It may not fly but summary dismissal doesn't either. I know you comprehend...

Each supercharger is something like $250,000, so only a few individuals could afford to sponsor one. It's probably a better plan to purchase extra HPWCs, once they become available, and donate them to businesses (in particular Bed & Breakfasts) that you frequent when you travel. They are only $1200 plus installation.

Is that the cost of a whole station (6 cars), or a single unit? Including or excluding solar arrays? I don't believe anyone outside TM and SC knows.

Brian,

It came from a Bloomberg article: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-24/tesla-building-250-000-charg....

"The devices cost about $250,000 each and can power four to six cars at one time, Musk said. Tesla plans to install 100 of these superchargers at a cost of $20 million to $30 million over the next three to four years, he [Elon Musk] said."

The two thoughts that flowed into this were memorial park benches I'd seen along the California coast and Tesla owners who offer free charging.

The former's is a conventional form of memorialization in that it's by donation to a non-profit or state owned park, when I've seen it. Private ownership doesn't necessarily preclude memorialization - in the US, 44 states allow for privately run cemeteries, for example. Often, we see sponsorship as crass - a sports stadium from childhood renamed by a dot-com to grab a little fame. Non-profits promoting the restoration of a theater or church, or conservancy of a natural site seem like a more natural fit for memorials. The real question though is whether these are appropriate places for a memorial because they're non-profits, of due to the sentiments associated with them.

Jack Bowers is a Roadster/Model S owner who put in chargers along I-5 to complete a chain of chargers to allow Tesla drivers to go from Canada to Mexico. Tesla covered part of the route, but not all of it, and Jack and a friend of his stepped in to cover the gaps. Furthermore, one's he has installed along I-80 in California are also available to Tesla drivers to use so they can get up to Tahoe/Reno. Why does he pay for them when they only benefit the customers of one company? Why does he share them?

My take: there's sentiment associated with EVs in general and Tesla in particular. Over the last couple of years, I've seen quite of bit of it on forums and in blog comments - environmentalists, people proud of it as an American brand, and those who believe lessened dependence on oil will result in fewer conflicts overseas.

Perhaps it wouldn't work with Superchargers, but a charger carries with it some of these sentiments, acts as a place to rest and take in nature, much like those park benches, and is a place to help someone along on the road seems to make sense as a place for a memorial. Then again, I get choked up at Leonard Nimoy's poem, "Will I Think of You?" which probably means I'm a little over-sentimental.

Oh, and as for cost, I wasn't thinking 100% subsidy and I wasn't thinking of additional chargers beyond those already planned, just a way to hasten their schedule by offsetting the capital cost. A non-Supercharger memorial would be quite a bit less expensive, and I can see someone funding it entirely themselves (as Jack's done with his chargers).

jerry3;
That doesn't help! B-berg seems to be conflating a station and a unit, too. One unit contains 12 chargers and serves 2 cars. One station comprises one to several units, and may or may not have solar arrays, so is quite variable.

locating the SC is not a simple thing and it sounds like TM is committed to building a network. they have to be less than 150 miles apart, walking distance to food and a starbucks. I think that it would be great to get charging stations into all public parking lots, hotel parking lots, etc.


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