It’s a feature Model S owners have been asking Tesla to implement for a while now. We know it’s possible since the company displays available stalls in real-time on the “Supercharger Dashboard” located in its design studio in Hawthorne, but the feature is not available in real-time in the car itself, where it could actually be extremely useful.
A third-party app is looking to fix the problem, or at least pressure Tesla to finally release the feature.
The app is called “Superchargers For Tesla” and it sources information from the dynamic database of SuperCharge.info, which has been the gold standard for Supercharger information for years now. We ourselves have been using the site when reporting on Supercharger news.
Superchargers For Tesla offers all the same features as SuperCharge.info, such as variable range circles and Supercharger status, but it also adds check-ins, photos, nearby points of interest, discussion forum and user comments for each Supercharger.
15 car lineup wait for Supercharger on day after Christmas 2015 in Tejon Ranch CA via
The developers, Ndili Technologies, Inc, hope to build on its user-base using the check-in features in order to provide near-real-time status for the Superchargers.
Most of the time there’s always at least one available stall, but the feature is useful even if it’s just for that one time it can notify you so that you can try to find an alternative and save some travel time. Especially during the holidays when Superchargers on popular routes can get crowded – Model S owners have reported over an hour and half of wait time at the Tejon Ranch Supercharger after Christmas (above).
You can download the app for free on the app store.
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So where is the Android App ???
If you are not going to develop as a mobile website before being OS specific, you may as well not develop the app at all. Every developer should be slapped around that only release one OS specific version. Android or iOS. You wasted your initial momentum by losing half of your prospective users by doing so.
I installed this on my iPad 3rd generation running IOS 8.4. When I try to run the app I get a loading screen for 2 seconds and then I get knocked back to the desktop. Anyone else having similar issues?
Hey ake a web app available from the touchscreen whynot?
Not yet an issue at the Buffalo Supercharger. Maybe when some of those 300,000 Model 3 preorders materialize it will be something to look into. The only Supercharger crowding I encountered on my cross country drive last Summer was in California.