Tesla charging situation woul benefit from more flexibility, less confrontation
Tesla Motors would be better served making its Model S electric vehicles compatible with CHAdeMO and SAE combo connector fast-charging stations than by spending time taking on those pesky New York Times journalists who question the car's advertised single-charge range, writes Plug In Cars' John Gartner.
With "Please Compromise" as one of his article's subheadings, Gartner says the Times reporter in question would've had access to an additional two CHAdeMO fast chargers on his East Coast route, the one that he said he couldn't finish because the car ran out of juice. Those chargers can provide about 150 miles of range per hour of charging.
The Model S uses a proprietary fast-charging connector for its small but growing network of Superchargers. Tesla has said it will offer CHAdeMO adapter for cars sold in Japan, but hasn't made specific plans to do the same in the US.
Last month, Tesla chief Elon Musk got into a very public spat with the Times over an article about a Model S test drive, whose veracity was called into question by Musk and a number of other news outlets, as well as a number of Model S owners.