At this rate they'll double the existing number of stations in ~5 years.
I have driven thousands of miles around the east coast and have waited in a line once around 3 years ago.
Another way to spell "fuck the people, why should their life get better ?"
Half joking aside, supercharger usage might save Tesla if their vehicles stop selling well enough a few years down the road. People's taste come and go, infra will always be needed.
So how can you make money on this? Be the one providing all them the energy and charging infrastructure. It's a better business than the car themselves and are likely to have less competition due to the fact that car companies aren't going to want to build out the infrastructure themselves.
They still keep a competitive advantage by having their cars have faster charge times due to having the latest charging tech.
Incompatible charging infrastructure is a profoundly stupid outcome. All brands of charger must charge all brands of EVs.
It's a mistake to support closed infrastructure. Demand more and better.
That did happen a little bit at a few legacy superchargers, but that minor inconvenience was outweighed by the sheer preponderance of additional superchargers built, everywhere. Instead of worrying about the sole charger being full, I can look on the map, and choose among several nearby chargers, each with reasonable meal options.
I hope this happens with Ford. More cars should increase demand for stations, and additional stations increase convenience for everyone.
Hopefully something ford sorts out when they embed the port in 2025.
I still got the i4, CCS coverage is good enough, but ya, superchargers are pretty common on longer trips. I'm going to do my first roadtrip tomorrow (up to BC for a short holiday), hopefully Electrify America in Bellingham is open without much of a wait.
This is a huge win for Tesla. They own the "gas stations."
People are always spreading FUD about Supercharger congestion but the number of superchargers is always increasing at the same time.