Tesla’s Destination Charging network gives its drivers the convenience of topping off their vehicle’s batteries when parked in select establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers, among other businesses. Just like the company’s high-power Superchargers, the Destination Charger network continues to grow larger by the day; and if a recent tweet from Elon Musk is any indication, the Level 2 charging solutions would soon be a bit more interactive as well.
In response to Tesla owner Josh Cunningham, who asked if there could be a feedback system for Destination Chargers, CEO Elon Musk noted that leaving comments, suggestions, or ratings for Destination Chargers should be made accessible from the vehicles. Musk liked the idea, stating that the feedback feature would be introduced.
Good idea, we will add this feature!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 13, 2018
Tesla’s Destination Chargers do not charge as quickly as the company’s acclaimed Superchargers, but nevertheless, the conveniently-placed chargers are still capable of replenishing roughly 58 miles (93 kilometers) of range per hour, or roughly one-sixth the power of a Supercharger. Tesla pitches the Destination Chargers as a way to promote businesses, especially since the locations would be visible in the company’s official website and its fleet’s in-car navigation system.
As the number of Destination Chargers increase, some businesses are now finding out that their ratings online could be affected by how well they manage their chargers. A quick look at travel assistant website TripAdvisor, for one, would quickly show feedback from travelers about businesses that have the Level 2 chargers installed. This 5-star review for the Fairview Inn in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as this unfortunate 1-star review for The Red Coach Inn Historic Bed and Breakfast Hotel at Niagara Falls in New York, for example, are partly based on how the businesses handled the charging needs of guests with electric cars. So far, these reviews are only found on dedicated websites like TripAdvisor, but with Tesla’s upcoming feedback system, owners would be able to submit and see ratings for Destination Chargers from the comfort of their vehicles.
The introduction of an in-vehicle feedback system for Destination Chargers comes amidst the company’s initiative to “gamify” its Supercharger experience and make its vehicles more fun. Earlier this year, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that Tesla would be introducing drive-in Superchargers with amenities such as outdoor movie screens and rock-themed restaurants. Together with this was an announcement that Tesla would give digital trophies for travelers that visit specific Supercharger stations.
Tesla is not ending its gamification initiatives with Superchargers alone. In a Twitter announcement right before the Q2 2018 earnings call, Elon Musk stated that Tesla would introduce classic Atari games such as Pole Position, Tempest, and Missile Command with the release of Software Version 9. Some of the games, such as Pole Position, would be controlled through the electric cars’ steering wheel. Considering that Software Version 9 is expected to be initially rolled out later this month before seeing a wide release in September, it might only be a matter of time before Tesla’s fleet becomes a little bit more interactive, and a lot more gamified.