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Tracking Tesla Charging Stations

I'm now into the 12 month countdown for getting my S (P83). As I'm already planning my first 300+ mile trip, would love a resource that has current Tesla charging stations, organized by state. I'm thinking, perhaps, a separate Forum, just dealing with charging stations. The websites that I have been referred to seem inadequate. Or perhaps Tesla could devote a section of their website to an up-to-date listing of stations.

I recommended the same thing at the Portland show, that Tesla partner up to create a page showing charging stations. However, the rep did point me at a site called recargo.com which does a pretty good job of letting you search for stations in an area.

The site is clearly lacking charging stations in Germany (or maybe there are none). When looking up Berlin, the closest(!) station is in Basildon, Great Britain, "only" 556.3 miles away. The 10th closest station is a mere 3731.9 miles, in Montreal... ;-) Clearly exceeding the range of even the largest of available batteries!

Ok, just kidding. The site is great and I bet a LOT will be happening between now and when I take delivery of my Model S. Probably, even in Germany there will be some charging stations. And an Android app would be appreciated, too. Thanks for the link!

What I want is locations of level 3 charging stations. That's the only way to make a long trip without spending a great deal of time charging. As far as I know there are only two level 3 stations (Portland, OR and Vacaville, CA. You can't make it from Portland to Vacaville without at least one looong charging session.

Just as a navigation system for an ICE car can direct you to the nearest filling station, a 3G (or 4G) internet enabled touchscreen navigation system should be able to show you nearby charging stations, preferably color coded by charging speed, and direct you to the one you select. That would be fair.

Battery swapping, if they can work out all the issues may also be the answer for long trips.

This past weekend, Kevin Sharpe, founder of Zero Carbon World, and electric vehicle expert David Peilow drove "End To End" across England in a Tesla Roadster on a two-day, 900-mile trip from John o'Groats in northeast Scotland, to Lands End. The two used only publicly available charging points.

http://green.autoblog.com/2011/05/25/tesla-roadster-goes-end-to-end-in-t...

Tesla can absolutely create franchising opportunities with private investors in the USA for their Level 3 charging stations. These agreements should be happening right now in preparation for next summer and beyond. I would jump at the opportunity to invest in a network of Level 3 charging stations in the USA. Once this network evolves, it would put an end to any concern about range anxiety.

Charging stations SHOULD be in the onboard GPS.
Then you set your route to where you are going and the car should direct itself to the needed charging stations The car should have a way to update whether a charging station is available or not. That way the car won't send you on a trip that is a dead end. The car should either use cell or wifi technology. Also charging stations should have internet capability to tell where they are and whether they are working.
Gosh that would be too simple! :-)

markp1950 | June 2, 2011 - 10:00am new

Charging stations SHOULD be in the onboard GPS.
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That way the car won't send you on a trip that is a dead end.
Correction: That way you won't send the car on a trip that is a dead end.
:D

it is discussed in teslamotorsclub
http://t.co/2KrrNhi

http://openchargemap.org/ is an opensource database with chargingpoints

[QUOTE=Kevin Sharpe;69649]Please use the link "Want to submit a charging point? Send us the details" here;

[URL="http://openchargemap.org/"]http://openchargemap.org/[/URL]

I understand that a couple of new apps are in development that will allow you to photograph the Charge Station and automatically upload the data to the OpenChargeMap database. I believe these are planned to support both iPhone and Android.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Kevin Sharpe;69654]Jeff Lander's EV Charge Finder supports it today;

[URL="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ev-charger-finder/id354628084?mt=8"]http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ev-charger-finder/id354628084?mt=8[/URL]

Other apps are in development but not yet 'public'...[/QUOTE]

evjc;
As you have just demonstrated, BBCode doesn't work here. Use HTML. As it says quite plainly below this comment box as I type.

I'm sure I read somewhere that Tesla has been coordinating with Coloumb for the apps for the 17" screen. They have an app for the i-everything that also works on Blackberry

http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/04/coulomb-ev-charger-locator-app-upda...

AND it shows when a station is in use

(why the heck isn't there an edit button guys?)

"edit button"
My biggest complaint about this site too Dartlady.

Since you mentioned the Seattle store in another thread, I assume you're a Washingtonian too.

@ David - No, I am Canadian - live just outside Vancouver, BC making the Seattle store the closest one to me (for now)

As yes. I now recall having seen that fact before.

Charging station availability could get interesting. Even if there is a system in place to let you know it's available, it might not be available when you get there. People get in fights over a parking spot. Imagine watching someone pull into a charging station right in front of you, giving you an extra 1 - 3 hours to wait. That could get ugly.

True. So the system needs to let you put in a request, determine how long it will take you to get to that station, and assign reservations based on expected time of arrival. If you can't make it before someone else starts using it, an alternate should be indicated. A lot of challenges remain. Initially, it probably won't be a big problem, but eventually it will. Hopefully as that happens, more stations will become available.

You may want to consider

http://www.mychargepoint.net

which features 240V/20A and 120V/15A, and I am sure they would be adding DC charge stations soon. They are not specific to Tesla, but uses a J1772 plug. I believe Model S should be able to utilize the charge stations.


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