The Workplace Charging program aims to keep up with recharging demand as Tesla sells more electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles are slowly but surely starting to become a regular sight on our roads. More car manufacturers are making all-electric vehicles, and those already selling them are selling more. Top of that list is Tesla, and while more sales may be great news, it also presents a problem: providing enough charging locations.
As Electrek reports, Tesla is working to solve this problem with the existing Supercharger network, Urban Superchargers, and the Destination Charging network that sees charging stations installed at restaurants, resorts, and hotels. But that’s still not enough for a future where most of us have traded in our gas guzzlers for an electric alternative. With that in mind, Tesla is launching a Workplace Charging program.
It’s very similar to the Destination Charging network, only Tesla is targeting the parking lots of office buildings, apartment blocks, and other commercial properties where vehicles can be parked close by. Tesla will provide Wall Connectors and provide installation assistance for free. Energy costs on the other hand are “the responsibility of the property.”
For workplaces, this offers a way to have electric vehicle charging installed at very little cost while offering employees a convenient way to charge their cars while at work. In this case, it’s the employer who would most likely pick up the energy bill, but that could be offset by green energy tech investment. However, for apartment blocks it seems more likely the tenants would need to pay for their own energy. Even so, having the option to own and easily charge an electric vehicle overnight will be welcomed.
With Tesla now producing over 1,000 of its cheaper Model 3 electric vehicles every week and considering an expansion into China with a factory built there, providing enough recharging points will be an ongoing headache. We managed to install enough gas stations to meet demand, though, and that requires transporting the fuel to every location. Charging stations relying on a supply of electricity should be a much easier problem to solve.