Tesla's Supercharger Network
Tesla is not going to go bankrupt, according to Sandy Munro. Anyone who says Tesla is going to go bankrupt doesn't know what they are talking about. Tesla dominates on the only thing that will kill EVs in North America - chargers.
Sandy Munro's wife complained heavily about trying to charge their Rivian at an Electrify America charging station - something billions of dollars have been paid for. There were 12 or 14 chargers and not one of them would work.
That is what would kill EVs - chargers not working. There are a ton of new charging companies and this is a good thing if they can create chargers that actually work.
Guess who has all their chargers working all the time - Tesla. The Tesla Supercharger network is one of its greatest competitive advantages. In second place is Ford and its charging network.
Sandy Munro has a Tesla Model 3 and his wife said that they will never take a road trip in anything but a Tesla. The reason is not because she doesn't love the Rivian. She doesn't want to take a chance on the charging systems that don't work across the U.S. Tesla's Superchargers works reliably.
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Other Charging Networks
There are a lot of charging companies and systems available. In fact, there are a couple near where I live just a couple blocks away.
ChargePoint is one of them and they tend to offer free charging at office rent buildings. The free charging is a nice way to attract renters who own electric vehicles. They rent the space and get charging for free, drawing people to them.
Another nice perk of this free charging is that I can take my Tesla there on Sunday to charge for free and there are generally no stalls being used at all. I drop it off to charge in the morning, walk a couple blocks home, and go get it in the late afternoon. The only time this was difficult was when there was a lot of snow.
The main chargers in the U.S. are:
* Tesla Superchargers
* Electrify America
I've never had a ChargePoint charger not work. However, the Harmons a block away from me has frequently had one of its level 2 chargers be offline as well as the CCS faster charger. EVGateway appears to own that charger and its a shame because it is offline half the time. The level 2 chargers are Juicebar chargers and they are offline about 20% of the time.
Fortunately, Tesla Superchargers will open up to non Tesla EVs, which will save EV charging.
The other chargers have a lot of work to do to catch up to Tesla. I see ChargePoint as being #2 in reliability. Which charging network do you see as best - is it Tesla or somebody else?
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Listen to @teardowntitan Sandy Munro. He knows what he is talking about. Better yet his wife knows what she is talking about. @TeslaCharging is the best in the industry. @Tesla is the best. @Rivian needs to switch to #NACS @RJScaringe pic.twitter.com/RCtvIb5E4r— CyberMike (@NWMike) January 6, 2023
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.