In a recent development that has caught the attention of Tesla users in Taiwan, a distinctive addition has been spotted at several Supercharging stations. Reports from ddcar.com indicate that Tesla has introduced stand-alone displays at select sites, showcasing detailed charging information, specifically focusing on energy consumption figures for each individual charging stall.
Traditionally, pertinent information regarding energy usage has been readily available through the vehicle's infotainment system and the dedicated Tesla app. However, the installation of these standalone displays seems to be a proactive response to new regulatory requirements. The Bureau of Standards, Inspection and Quarantine of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan has mandated certain standards for EV charging stations, including the presence of certified legal measuring instruments. Notably, the display of energy consumption values is required, with accuracy demanded down to the third decimal place.
In Taiwan, newer supercharging locations r being retrofit with display screens that show charging info. This is bring implemented to conform to the new regulation that requires a display at the charging stations. Pix and source from this article: https://t.co/pLlnYAQRFM pic.twitter.com/uZhTuFbNSR
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At least three Supercharging sites have been confirmed to feature these new displays: Taoyuan Qingpu, Zhengda Public Enterprise Center, and Tainan Yongkang Aimai. This innovative move by Tesla has spurred curiosity regarding its motivation, especially considering the upcoming launch of V4 Supercharging dispensers that are already equipped with small screens. The introduction of this additional device incurs supplementary costs, prompting speculation about its necessity.
While the move may raise questions about Tesla's decision to independently develop and implement such displays, it appears that compliance with the new regulation played a significant role in this development. It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary solution awaiting the rollout of V4 Superchargers in Taiwan or a more permanent fixture.
Interestingly, this development opens up possibilities beyond mere energy consumption tracking. There is speculation that the newly introduced display points could serve as a pivotal link for expanding the Supercharging network to non-Tesla electric vehicles. This potential expansion could involve the integration of bank card readers, similar to those found on the upcoming V4 stalls. However, it is important to note that Tesla already possesses the capability to facilitate network access solely through its proprietary app.
The year unfolds with a flurry of Supercharging-related updates, with noteworthy introductions such as the Magic Dock—a built-in CCS1 adapter for North America—and the imminent arrival of V4 Supercharging stalls. The introduction of distinct stand-alone energy consumption displays adds to the tapestry of innovations, sparking interest in the EV community and signaling Tesla's dedication to transparency and compliance in an evolving regulatory landscape.