Right now a half a dozen Supercharger stations are sprinkled throughout California. By next year, if all goes well, Tesla drivers will be able to motor cross country from Tampa to Toronto, New York to Los Angeles and on to San Francisco and points between and beyond, snagging jolts of electricity along the way. Because he’s chairman of SolarCity, which produces these cheap and easy-to-install solar-paneled carports, Musk is creating enviable vertical integration. In essence, he’s marketing the cars at premium and giving away the gas, the opposite of HP’s much despised sell-the-printer-for-cheap-and-gouge-consumers-on-the-cartridges approach.
What’s more, these superchargers put back more energy into the grid than they take out, so Musk could be paid for producing electricity. I imagine there could be opportunities for up selling – food, coffee, sunglasses, games, electronics and tchotchkes for the kiddies at these electrical way stations. Since it takes about a half hour of charging for 150 miles of drive time – and an hour for 300 miles – drivers and passengers will have time to kill”
Gerd adds: very interesting point- this could usher in an entirely new era of ‘highway culture’ - but how will all that electricity be produced?