Tesla to allow charging for Destination Charger use

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla is making various improvements to its third-gen Wall Connector
Tesla is making various improvements to its third-gen Wall Connector
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Tesla operates two charging networks; the Supercharger and the Destination Charger. The Supercharger network consists of direct current, fast-charging stations for long-distance driving.

The Destination Charger network consists of slower-speed chargers, specifically the Tesla Wall Connector, installed at restaurants and hotels for Tesla owners to charge at their destination.

Destination Charging has typically been free up until now. Tesla announced that they are enabling paid charging at Destination Chargers. In order to set pricing at a Destination Charger location, restaurants and hotels will need at least six Tesla Wall Connectors.

In 2020, Tesla upgraded Destination Chargers with third-generation Wall Connectors, and the EV automaker told property managers that it would enable paid charging with this new generation charger.

Tesla’s Destination Charging locations have usually been complimentary. In most cases, the only requirement was that the Tesla owner was also a customer of the business.

The chargers would help bring more customers to the business, who would cover the cost of electricity from the Destination Chargers.

A great example of Destination Chargers that increase business is hotels. A Tesla owner may be more likely to choose a hotel with Destination Chargers if it means they could easily charge when needed while on vacation.

With the new 3rd generation Wi-Fi-connected Wall Connector, Tesla is enabling businesses to set their own price for charging. However, a business must have at least six Wall Connectors to activate the feature:

Tesla Commercial Services can be enabled on Gen3 Tesla Wall Connectors that are connected to either Wi-Fi or Cellular and have a signed Services Agreement with Tesla. A minimum of six units are required to be installed to be considered for this service.

This excludes many Destination Chargers since most locations only have two to four Tesla Wall Connectors. 

This upgrade will also encourage some property managers to add more chargers since they can charge customers for the service and cover their electricity costs.

Tesla Owners

Tesla Wall Connectors can add about 44 miles of range per hour of charging. In some circumstances, this is a better solution than a Supercharger, which has idling fees after your vehicle is done charging.

Property Managers

Now that property managers can charge for the service, they can cover the cost of deploying the chargers and the cost of electricity while also attracting Tesla owners to their businesses or apartment complex.

Apartment Complexes

If you live in an apartment complex and haven't bought an EV because of limited access to charging, this could be a turning point.

Up until now, many apartment complex managers have been hesitant to add EV chargers due to the added cost. However, now they'll be able to pass on any costs to their residents, adding value to their apartment complex without accruing any charges.

Destination Chargers can be used by Teslas and any other EV with an adapter.

It'll be interesting to see whether Tesla opens up this feature further by removing the six Destination Charger requirement. That would allow almost anyone to charge for the use of their Wall Connector.

All owners will soon be able to connect their third-generation Wall Connector to the Tesla app.

Tesla will soon retrofit some of their Superchargers with a CCS plug, allowing non-Tesla vehicles to charge without the use of an adapter. It's possible that the same feature may also arrive for the Wall Connector in the future.

New Tesla V4 Supercharger design unveiled

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla's Megachargers that will be used to charge the Tesla Semi
Tesla's Megachargers that will be used to charge the Tesla Semi
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We initially reported on the dimensions of the new V4 Supercharger, revealing that the next generation Supercharger will be taller, and thinner, than the current V3 Superchargers.

Tesla recently revealed the full design of their V4 Supercharger in architectural drawings for a new station in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Tesla's next-generation V4 Supercharger capable of charging speeds up to 350kW, set to release this year.

The new V4 Supercharger looks very similar to the Megacharger for the Tesla Semi that was recently revealed. The Megacharger is obviously much bigger at just under 7ft tall.

According to the drawings, the V4 Supercharger is 6 feet 4 ¼ inches tall, larger than the V3 Supercharger at 5 feet 6 ¼ inches tall.

Unfortunately the plans do not include any details about the contents of the V4 Supercharger or what charging speeds it will provide. Tesla is expected to increase the speed of V3 Superchargers 35% later this year, raising them from 250kW to 324kW. The V4 Superchargers are expected to provide at least 350kW which also aligns with the capabilities of the CCS connector which is coming to US Superchargers soon.

Twitter user @JH_bedford posted the full design details below.

While the V4 Supercharger dimensions are included in architectural drawings for a station in Danvers, Massachusetts, others have speculated that V4 Supercharger deployment is set to begin this year, with the first deployments being in Austin, Texas. This would also make sense as Tesla would likely install the the first next-gen Superchargers near Giga Texas and their new headquarters.

Taking Teslas off the Grid with Innovative Ideas

By Kevin Armstrong
Daniel Derkacs creates a mobile solar charger
Daniel Derkacs creates a mobile solar charger
Daniel Derkacs / YouTube

Most Tesla owners have been asked, what if you run out of charge? Of course, everyone who drives with the T emblem on the hood knows it takes poor planning or pushing the limits to run out of energy in a Tesla.

Barring a catastrophic failure, the only reason a Tesla would lose its charge is if the driver ignored every warning, drove past every available charging station, and kept the pedal down until every drop was depleted from the battery. Nevertheless, the question remains, and some people are working on coming up with tangible solutions.

In September, a group called Charge Around Australia plans a long road trip without gas or spending a dime on electricity. The plan is to take a Model 3 9,380 miles (15,097 km) around the entire coastline of the Land Down Under to some of the most remote places on the planet. They will carry 18 lightweight, flexible printed plastic solar panels, which will be rolled up and stored in the trunk. They will roll out the panels for six hours daily to draw energy directly from the sun and charge up the Tesla.

These panels, produced using a wine label printer, pack a lot of power. In testing, the solar cells can produce approximately 20W/m2 in full sun conditions. However, production modules are projected to produce up to 50W/m2, with a 200 m2 installation producing around 60 kWh energy. That is enough to charge the Tesla for about two days of the trip or more than a week of typical commuting.

Professor Paul Dastoor, the Charge Around Australia lead, told Reuters he wants the creator of Tesla to find out about the project. “I hope if he finds out about it and Elon Musk will be very pleased, showing how our innovated technology is now combining with his developments to develop new solutions for the planet,” said Dastoor.

While certainly not as sleek as the printed solar panels, Daniel Derkacs posted a video (shown above) showing his mobile solar charging set up. His PV provides 1.2 kW of solar power. He installed six 175-watt panels on a bike rack on the back of his Model Y and two more panels on his roof. The system feeds to the trunk, where a battery and inverter are installed.

The comment section was not kind to Derkacs, who did a follow-up video addressing some negative feedback. He stressed that this system is for his daily commute and is not for long trips.

Derkacs' Response to Comments

These are two examples of people looking to get off the grid and power their Tesla directly from the sun and provide a different answer to the question, what will you do if you run out of power.

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