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Everything you need to know about Tesla Destination Charging

Everything you need to know about Tesla Destination Charging

From the people who gave you home-charging and super-charging for electric driving, comes Tesla’s newest contribution to this transport innovation, destination charging.

With more motorists leaning towards this mode of travel, the electric-car maker has expanded its network of charging sites, teaming up with private establishments in rendering this exclusive amenity.

Gone are the days when electric car owners had to find a Supercharger station, which is located along major roads; such motorists will soon have the convenience of being able to charge in nearby commercial spots.

The impending arrival of the Tesla Model 3 should only accelerate the rate of adoption for electric cars. The reasons is that the Model 3, which is currently available for reservation, is Tesla’s most affordable car to date. It’s only $35,000 US—a far cry from the exorbitant prices of other electric cars. In spite of the relatively affordable price tag though, the Model 3 boasts astounding range (215 miles of range per full charge) and has received only praises for its performance, safety and spaciousness. With the availability of such an economical electric car and the continued rise of destination charging partners, the future is truly bright for Tesla and everyone interested in electric motoring.    

But what is this destination charging, really? While majority of car enthusiasts know about Superchargers, Destination Charging is fairly a newer thing. How does it differ from the prior home chargers and Superchargers? Does this signal the looming end of gasoline vehicles? We answer these in our entry here. 

Here are the frequently asked questions about this newly introduced feature of electric driving:

Since you’re talking about destination, where exactly are these?

Listed on Tesla’s website as Charging Partners, charging locations can be found at restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, even at airports and casinos. This time last year, leading investment analysis site, The Motley Fool recorded 429 sites in North America and 473 in the Asia Pacific, with a combined 1,645 connectors. In light of this, we are proud to say that Inception Automotive Detailing is the first auto detailing in North America, and first company in the Automotive category in Canada to be approved as a Destination Charging partner. 

According to Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson, most destination charging locations have two Wall Connectors. The number above is expected to rise with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s declaration in 2015 that said stations will be “virtually everywhere” in the future.

How does it work, basically?

Pull up and plug into a Tesla wall connector to charge while shopping, eating out, or even staying overnight at an inn. It’s that easy.

Available to download in Apple and Android app stores, the Tesla App offers hassle-free checking of your unit’s state of charge and the miles you’ve earned while doing other stuff. The app also enables you to adjust the car’s thermostat before hopping onto it.

How long do I need to charge?

It actually depends on how far you will go and your driving habits. Though not as powerful as Superchargers that ensure 130 miles per hour of charging, the destination charge rate of up to 58 and 29 miles per hour for those equipped with dual and single on-board chargers isn’t half bad, especially when you need to hit the road frequently.

A one-day hotel check-in could be enough preparation for a long drive the morning after, but at the same time don’t expect the same mileage from an hour-long lunch-out.

How much do I need to spend to avail of this burgeoning service?

As The Motley Fool reported, most Charging Partners offer this luxury FOR FREE. That’s right. Charging is offered as a privilege for clients availing the services of the Charging Partner, and is offered at no cost. Think of it as a way for every well-meaning business to further enhance the customer experience. 

A Charging Partner is also most likely viewed as high-tech and innovative. And Tesla doesn’t merely partner with every business. They check a business’ reputation and credibility before giving them the thumbs-up to have the chargers installed. Location is also an important consideration. If a business gets picked, that means it offers a convenient location for travelers that’s easy to find. 

How does it fare against super-charging and home-charging?

It’s actually not “fair” to compare the three options Tesla devised to make charging easy. Home-charging is made for daily driving; super-charging solves long road trips and can replenish half the battery in as little as 20 minutes; while destination charging serves as a location-based travel charger.

What this supplementary mode of charging offers: a handy solution to drivers, who might have forgotten to plug in generously before taking off. The promised ubiquity of these charging stations in the future ensures that Tesla drivers will be able to drive from one side of the country to the other without having to worry about where to get some juice.

What’s next for destination charging and electric driving?

Tesla is planning to introduce to the market lower-cost units in 2017 and increase annual vehicle deliveries to 500,000 per year by 2020. If that indeed pushes through, Wall Connectors will most likely be a requirement to commercial establishments. More cars could mean more than two outlets per charging destination.

Some hotels are also exploring the potential of solar energy as an alternative power source, with the expected higher energy costs.

With Tesla’s ability to expand its network at an unbelievable rate, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more electric cars on the road. Musk believes destination chargers could easily outnumber Superchargers “by a factor of 10” in the long run.

Essential Terms For The New Electric Car Owner

BATTERY – The battery stores energy. Model S can be configured with one of two batteries: 90 kWh or 70 kWh. Kilowatt hour (kWh) is a measure of electrical storage capacity.

CHARGER – The charger is on-board the car and converts AC power from the wall to DC power stored in the battery. Model S can be configured with a Single Charger (10 kW) or Dual Chargers (20 kW).

CHARGE PORT – Flip open the hidden panel in the taillight to plug in your Connector.

MOBILE CONNECTOR – The Mobile Connector is included with every Model S and allows you to charge almost anywhere (29 miles of range per hour of charge).

WALL CONNECTOR – The Wall Connector is the fastest home charging solution when paired with Dual Chargers (29 miles of range per hour of charge).