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- May 25, 2021
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- Frisco, TX
- 2023 Taycan GTS
What app do you use?Greetings folks. I had the opportunity to try one of the new design superchargers that features the "Magic Dock" CCS adapter in Scotts Valley CA today, between San Jose and Santa Cruz through the mountains off highway 17. Came away very impressed and reminded of why people love the supercharger network. If you're not familiar, Tesla are upgrading their charging stations to include a system to dispense a CCS adapter that is stored inside the charger itself to enable non Tesla vehicles to use superchargers. Also please save any Elon Musk discussion for another time, this is about charging our cars.
On the Tesla app, all you have to do is create an account and add a credit card. then you click "charge my non tesla vehicle" and it guides you to a station that supports this system, and prompts you to pick which stall you're at. One large advantage of Supercharger is that many of the stations, even in the middle of nowhere, have many more stalls than EA's standard 3-4 stall stations, I believe most are minimum of 8 with some enormous stations (such as on I5 between SF and LA providing as many as 40, split between 150 and 250kw. This station has 16, providing up to 250kw.
After that, you unlock, the adapter comes out with the normal tesla plug, and you plug it in. I did not have any issues with plug length attaching to the Taycan but some folks with an ID4 would have had to block lanes. And then, it started charging. Regrettably my Taycan did not have the 150kw/400V charger option so my charge speed topped out at 47kw but still was able to do a respectable 2 miles per minute of charging.
My understanding from all my friends with Teslas and my parents who have owned 4 is that this is the standard experience with superchargers, that it just works. EA is just such trash by comparison in terms of reliability and honestly, I hope they are terrified of this, because if I had the 150KW charger, I would literally never go to EA again once my complimentary charge plan runs out.
Anyway, I think this will be great for us, and honestly even capping at 50kw it pretty good if you're going to be somewhere for a little while or in a pinch. Ask me anything.
Tesla appWhat app do you use?
Same argument for MagicDoc deployment. Exclude Tesla aspirations, and all you have a handful or two chargers in all of USA open to non-Tesla cars. The Tesla app doesn't even let me filter out destination (L1/L2) chargers from the "Charge your non-Tesla" app functionality. So if all it takes to declare a victory is showing a few chargers working, check out my trip report, 30 working EA's in a row! There isn't a trip you could take today with 30 CCS enabled superchargers to show the same. Yes, they say they plan to deploy more, EA says they plan to be more reliable - aspiration vs. aspiration. Reality is Tesla MagicDoc is a proof of concept, which may or may not ever be widely deployed (even less likely now that Elon got GM and Ford to agree to use adapters and later to include NACS in their cars). As a point of reference. Tesla had a great proof of concept of a 3 minute battery swap too, deployed in CA or NV IIRC, after they got their government money for it, they never deployed anywhere else, no longer operational as far as I know. The whole interoperability of superchargers came along for the same reason, government grants.the problem is - at least in mine and other's experience often times you can not rely on EA working for either charge session activation, app functonality or charge rate…EA's only problem is it's reliability - not it's aspirations or goals and it's rarely demonstrated effectiveness and/or superiority.