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We Need a Super Charger Extension Cable

I emailed Ownership at Tesla with the following: Seems I read a lot of Forum threads about Super Chargers being ICE'd. Have you thought about making and selling an extension cable so we can still connect to a SC reaching around, under, or over the ICE vehicles blocking the chargers? I for one would love such a cable just for peace of mind knowing an ICE'd SC could still be used.

When and where were you ICEd?

I can only recall a few instances of MS owners being ICEd out of supercharging.

Non issue. Never seen an ICED supercharger, and if so it can be fixed by signage.

The supercharger cable is as thick as a gas hose. You want to carry 18 feet of that?!? just In case?

How about educating people to not park in EV fueling spots. Much better.

Yeah--the forum threads are mostly theoretical angst.

I agree, I have supercharged hundreds of times driving over 30,000 miles throughout the western states and have yet to be ICEd. In addition, an extension cable is not very feasible when pushing over 300 amps. It could weigh 100s of pounds and take up most of your trunk.

I've actually encountered the same scenario where a pick-up and trailer blocked all 4 chargers in Albert Lea. I was able to pull in parallel and charge, but it turned out the hotel told the guy to park there overnight because no one ever uses the chargers. Driver was super apologetic and stoked to see a Tesla in person. I reported it to the Tesla 800 # and the hotel staff. Still, I wouldn't want Tesla Motors expending energy on producing a largely unnecessary item, given the state of our wish list.

Wow, I can't imagine the weight - or cost - of that extension cable. But I would have to seriously consider buying it if it gave me special firefighter privileges to bust out the windows of the ICE and run my connector to the supercharger :)

The Supercharger stations should have traffic cones in front of the spots, and EV owners know they and they alone can move them to charge. I know that might make the charging spot look like it's broken, but it'll keep cars off the spots for sure...

The Greenwich CT on the Southbound side of the parkway are routinely ICE'd. This is simply due to there not being enough parking spaces. I have been fortunate and have always been able to pull in, but the other 3 slots were blocked.

Traffic cones: There are 2 free level 2 charging stations in the parking lot of a senior center near here. Probably part of making it a LEEDS building or just being politically correct. They have cones on them. I have never seen anyone but me use them and I have used them on a small number of occasions, when voting, although I clearly don't need to, just so they'll have a record of someone using them

There is a design limit on the total cable length from the supercharger unit through the pedestal and to the car. An extender would mean the installation layout is more limited, and would certainly be incompatible with at least some of the existing chargers.

@jordanrichard The Greenwich CT on the Southbound side of the parkway are routinely ICE'd

Do you mind if I put that comment on the Supercharger tips page?

ROFL. I'd be all in on the extension cable of it came with those special firefighter privileges!!!

The Fremont SC has 2 Superchargers in the actual service bay. The cable was very heavy! They had to drag it over to my car. But it sure beats battling it out in front of the delivery area.

About a month ago I got ICED by a GMC pickup. I was driving to the only open SupreCharger behind Culvers in Mauston Wi. Out of the corner of my left eye I could see a red GMC pickup truck with four rear wheels backing at a high speed toward the same SuperCharger I was driving toward. Huge clouds of black smoke billowing from his verticle exhaust stacks, caused by pumping deaselfuel into the air intake.(called coaling) Not wanting to get hit, I stopped short of perpendicular to the parking spot. The punk slammed on his breakes and several cement blocks bounced off the bed of his truck. One rolled end over end and banged into the left front wheel rim on my Tesla causing a ding in the finish. While I got out to check the damage, GMC Jerk continued backing onto the SuperCharger space.

As he walked toward me, I indicated that I needed to use that space to charge. and there are hundreds of other places to park in the lot.

His answer: "F*** you and Obama. Buy a real Ameircan car and buy Amerigan gas at an American gas station like the rest of us do. Get that electric crap off the road.

Just then the owner of the only other Tesla charging in the lot walked up and said that he was leaving and I could use his charger. 7 of the 8 chargers were already ICED.

I did call tha local cops to complain about the reckless driving by GMC Jerk, Cop looked at the broken blocks on the pavemnent, the piece of alloy mising from my wheel, and told me it wasn't worth filing a report that there were all kinds of wheel shops that can weld the damage as good as new. "Becides, you're charging anyway," He left withput contacting GMC Jerk or making a report. Better laws and education are obviously needed.

PBEndo, sure. Again it's not a matter of a**holes like the one described by Dr. Reinke, it is simply that there are not enough parking spots. So people see an empty spot, no Tesla in sight and park. I am not defending those people, but I do have a degree of understanding. There are literally something like 12-15 parking spots and the SC take up 4 of them.

jordan;
read the post again. Slowly. Lots of other free parking open in the lot.

'Coaling' a new sport where diesel truck owners deliberately smoke out hybrids. It's nasty. YouTube it. This guy's was intentionally blocking the spot.

I got coaled for the first time the other day. Met an oncoming pickup on a two-lane road. He started it just as I was passing him so I didn't have to go through it.

Dr. Bob Reinke: Please note that I would never make a suggestion on a public forum on the internet that possibly slipping and accidentally poking an icepick into each of the sidewalls of the GMC truck tires three or four times each (oops) after the cop left would be a well deserved solution to a situation of that sort.

After all, there's lots of shops that will repair a tire, probably a lot cheaper than repairing the Tesla rims. The last I checked it was over $200 and they would need the car for at least a day for everything to dry properly.


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