Tesla and its users are extremely happy with the upcoming Supercharger V3 that is aimed to kill the issue of long wait hours with its higher charge rate. However, it seems it might not satisfy the current fleet, which is suffering from significantly long wait hours and long lines on holidays.
Media reported record traffic on Supercharger stations this Christmas, which even resulted in the dysfunctioning of Barstow Supercharger (later fixed). This station once seriously affected the route between LA and Vegas.
The issue has again taken place in the media because of the troubling long wait at stations, reported last night. Increasing demand as well as the dysfunctioning or abnormally slow provision of various stations can be considered the main factors.
This issue has already alarmed Tesla that is exercising numerous strategies to address the issue. For example, charging drivers for keeping the stations unnecessarily busy and the new Supercharger Credit Programme starting next year, which will reduce the amount of free energy given to each Tesla owner.
Still it is doubted that the these programmes would have any long lasting impact on the busy stations like Barstow, particularly in the high demand days.
It cannot be denied that Tesla is putting its best efforts to upgrade the charging facilities, however, it seems as if they need to align their facilities and its network with the quickly growing fleet of users.
Currently, the company is using 4800 Superchargers at more than 769 locations around the globe. It claims that this number will be doubled by the end of 2017 to meet the abrupt increase in the demand when Model 3 would be launched in the second half of 2017.
The current traffic at charging stations is certainly threatening those who have reserved Model 3 or planning to do, since it will outnumber the Model S/X fleet. Therefore their concerns are very much valid.
Nevertheless, Tesla is expected to handle such issues.