Tesla Suspends Superchargers in CA Due to Lost Funding

Tesla Misses out on Clean Energy Subsidy Without Payment Options

According to a letter viewed by Drive Tesla Canada, Tesla has decided to forgo a public funding agreement worth $6.4 million for new Superchargers in California due to “unnecessarily cumbersome payment infrastructure requirements.” The electric car manufacturer cited these requirements as the primary reason for their decision.

Tesla was planning to create four new Supercharger sites in California, all offering 420 slots put together. Had it all gone ahead, the biggest of them would have been 164 stalls and the California Clean Energy Commission (CEC) was ready to award Tesla $1.6 million for each station, totalling $6.4 million.

But Tesla has made the decision to move on, as the CEC demands that publicly-funded chargers must have “multiple point-of-sale methods,” such as credit and debit cards, as well as payment through mobile applications.

The letter that initially engendered our attention belongs to Jennifer Cohen, Tesla’s Manager of Policy and Commercial Development for California. According to DriveTesla, the text of the missive decrees: This alteration has removed a total of 39 words from the original piece and kept the gist intact. The grammar has also been rectified accordingly.

“The California Clean Energy Commission (CEC) has been a trailblazer in the growth of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in California. Unfortunately, owing to unwieldy payment infrastructure specifications, we are unable to take advantage of this grant.”

Tesla’s enthralling Superchargers boast a sleek and chic aesthetic; however, even the existing models or the upcoming V4 Superchargers lack displays, thus thwarting any prospect of utilizing various payment strategies without a redesigned configuration for future chargers. It seems that the allotted $6.4 million capital is inadequate for Tesla to remodel its Superchargers; fortunately, this does not suggest that these chargers can never be constructed.

Superchargers serve as exceptional promoters of Tesla cars, and their expansion all over the U.S. is an influential source behind the carmaker’s success. In a place like California which is hospitable to electric vehicles, Tesla desires to make the most out of its reach, thus we assume it will construct numerous more Superchargers in the terrain, with or without subsidies.

It has recently been specified that, despite the absence of CEC funds, a minimum of 50 percent of all projects must have CCS connectors. Consequently, in the future Superchargers of California, expect to observe an array of EVs that extends beyond just Tesla’s Model 3, Model S, Model Y, and Model X.

In the past month, the White House has validated the notion that Tesla will now be permitting a wider array of motor vehicle enterprises to benefit from their nationally-located Supercharger network system due to the developed Magic Dock adapters. It appears that the reimbursements earned are not subjected to the same criteria as those given by the CEC, although this may well prove to be an oversight that requires rectification.


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