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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tesla Introduces Fee For Owners Who Leave Their Cars At Supercharger Stations (techcrunch.com)

Tesla announced today that it will start charging owners a fee of $0.40 per minute if they fail to move their vehicles at a Supercharger station.

 If drivers don't move their cars within 5 minutes of the car hitting 100 percent, the fee will begin to assess. TechCrunch reports:"One would never leave a car parked at a gas station right at the pump and the same rule applies with Superchargers," read Tesla's announcement.
 How will one know that it's done and you need to scoot?
 Why, one will get an alert on one's phone, of course, via the Tesla app.
 One already does, in fact.
 So one never had any excuse. 
"To be clear, this change is purely about increasing customer happiness and we hope to never make any money from it," the announcement also reads.

The Toyota fuel cell car Mirai only takes 5 minutes to refuel with hydrogen. Tesla takes hours to recharge.

The state of California has earmarked $200 million for as many as 100 new hydrogen stations in the next several years, with up to 40 stations as of the end of 2016.
 By working with government agencies and committing millions of dollars to hydrogen fuel providers like Air Liquide, Linde and FirstElement Fuels, we are helping build infrastructure that supports a growing community of FCV drivers. 

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