Electric vehicle maker Tesla is focused on expanding the driving range of its vehicles. But at what cost?
Does introducing proprietary charging stations for its electric cars foreshadow similar standards problems when operating driverless cars that will eventually supersede today's manual automobiles (electric or not)?
Gigaom recently covered Tesla's new charging stations here with these conclusions:
"Tesla’s supercharger utilizes a proprietary plug, and although the stations its planning to build will have four to six EV spots servicing any vehicle, four will be dedicated to Tesla. Imagine going to the gas station, and four of the pumps were reserved for BMWs. When the automakers get a say in the powering of their EVs, they are choosing to create closed systems that exclude their competition."
See the rest of the article here (and don't miss the debate in the comments).
Do you agree that the "range anxiety" that worries electric car purchasers today is more than likely going to be similar to that faced by smart car buyers and users tomorrow?