- Dec 5, 2019
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- Model 3, RWD Cybertruck
That's a good and bad thought all at the same time, unfortunately. Range is drastically reduced when towing anything with decent weight, and many of these companies' employees will drive 200-300 miles a day.Something that people who intend to use their vehicles in commercial service need to think about: the SuperCharger network is not available to you. Nor would you really want it. Why pay Elon 28¢ a kWh when you can get it for less elsewhere? This would mean, of course, that you would have to install charging hardware "elsewhere" but you could easily install it in such a way that charging with a trailer attached is easily done. For a local guy running a lawn service that could mean at home or at his shop (if he has one). Level 2 charging is slow but if your aren't cutting grass at night you can be charging your CT just as a residential user would. Besides this Level 3 chargers are now being offered on the market. Most of them are only 20 - 50 kW at best but thats 2 - 5 times faster than Level 2 to the point that you could think about returning to the shop for an hour or so to pick up 80 - 100 miles of range during the workday.
Assuming range is cut in half for easy math and planning for the worst, that means the company needs the 500mi CT just to make it back to home base to charge at night. Or pay it's employees to sit at a 3rd party L3 charger for an hour (12.5% of their shift).
For travelers, having a pull through SC isn't as big of a deal. For contractors and various trades, permission to use and the ability to access a pull through SC could be a lifesaver! Maybe they could implement pull through stations similar to *cough* gas stations in select areas, available to anyone and not excluded to non-commercial use.
And let's not get started on the debate of excluded commercial use and allowed non-commercial use eligibility for SC's, that's a whole different can of worms. Tesla has their own way of handling things, I have no idea what that is, but they've made it clear a few times before that they don't want certain commercial users on the SC platform. Maybe that has/will change over the years, we'll see.
I for sure bet they'll allow robotaxis to use SC's and either have the robot charging arm (still in active development, btw), or paid assistance managing the plugging and unplugging at the stalls for a fee. As a RT fleet operator, I would gladly pay a $5-10 connection fee to keep my RT fleet charged and running 24/7 vs having to call them to home base and charge myself for a few hours at L2 speeds! Or maybe a monthly subscription of $49 for unlimited connections (separate from the charging cost of course)?
Think about it: if there's 10 SC stalls at a station, and each 80% top off takes 30min (getting faster, speculation of 15min by the time CT rolls out), assuming the station is at 80% capacity for 20 hours a day, and 30% of users take the connection fee service at $10, that's $960/day income. Minus paying someone $15/hr to plug in cars all day (adjusted to $25/hr after employee costs) with 24hr availability ($600 total cost), that's a $360/day revenue stream per station. And the profit margins get bigger the more stalls you have per station, or the more fully autonomous stations you have (eliminating employees from the situation).