Electric snowmobile and Jet Ski startup Taiga Motors would like Tesla to allow owners to charge their recreational EVs towed by Tesla vehicles at Supercharger stations.
For years now, Tesla officials have been talking about the possibility of opening up their Supercharger network to other automakers, but it hasn’t resulted in anything yet.
A few years ago, Tesla cofounder JB Straubel said that they are “actively talking to other car makers” about using the network.
Those talks have yet to lead to anything, and we haven’t found out what automakers are involved.
Last year, Bollinger Motors, a New York-based EV startup developing an all-electric utility truck, reached out to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to ask if they could make their electric trucks compatible with the Supercharger network.
We also haven’t heard anything on that front.
Now Taiga Motors, a Montreal-based startup that develops electric snowmobiles and watercraft, would like to be able to charge their vehicles on the Supercharger network — even if it’s just when they are being towed by Tesla vehicles.
They have just come back from a trip to demo their new electric Jet Ski, and they have been using a Tesla Model X to tow the watercraft:
A beautiful sight a @Tesla #ModelX towing a @Taiga_Motors electric personal watercraft. The ultimate electric setup! ⚡️#teslamodelx #ev #ElectricVehicles #electricpersonalwatercraft #electricPWC #pwc pic.twitter.com/RaRKfCOpT9
— Taiga Motors (@Taiga_Motors) October 2, 2019
It makes for a completely zero-emission road trip with water sports, but they have to keep both vehicles charged, and that can be more difficult.
Marinas often have 240-volt outlets, but if you are stopping to charge your Model X anyway, why not top off your other electric vehicles at the same time?
Obviously, this would come with some challenges, but it’s not impossible.
Tesla uses a different connector standard than any other company in North America. The recreational EV would need to be compatible, or there would need to be an adapter.
Also, Tesla’s Supercharger network has a high power output that vehicles with smaller battery packs won’t be able to take, but they can limit the output, and with a smaller battery pack, it will likely fill up just as fast as the Model X.
Taiga says that it can support DC fast charging, though they haven’t confirmed the rate.
Of course, it would also need to be done when there are free stalls available, but Tesla already has systems in place for that.
I think it could be an interesting way for Tesla to promote zero-emission recreational vehicles without a big impact on its Supercharger network, since the number of people towing and charging their recreational EVs would still be low.
However, I bet that Tesla owners are already much more likely to buy electric snowmobiles, ATVs, or Jet Skis than most people.
What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
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