The hardest part for me in ordering a Model S is the wait. I've been through the online reviews, I check the Tesla Motors forums daily, I've got an electrician researching the installation of my charger, and I've downloaded the PlugShare iPhone app (I've done other things too, but I'll save them for other posts).
It's that last one, the PlugShare app, that I want to share today (lame pun intended). There are a few apps and web pages for planning trips, but most I've seen are U.S.- or Euro-centric. The PlugShare app has data on chargers around the world. Since the data seems to be user-generated, I was surprised at the number of Japanese charging stations already loaded--and, in English!
PlugShare shows a bunch of chargers around me. Because I'll have a fast charger at home, I'll most likely never use any local chargers. I do, though, want to know how they work, if there are any charges, and, frankly, if I will be able to use them. Tesla has no Superchargers near me yet, so I'll be depending on other set ups. Most are CHAdeMO and are operated by either Nissan or Mitsubishi dealers. A distant third seems to be the convenience store chain Family Mart.
According to PlugShare, one of the closest charging stations is at a Nissan dealer. I rode my bike over the other day and took some photos. The Nissan Leaf, their EV car, has their hook up at the front of the car, so they would drive in head first. A Model S's is in the left-rear, so backing in would work.
Teslas sold in Japan will come with an adaptor (it's gonna be humongous!) for CHAdeMO. The sign next to the charge port says it's for Leafs (not Leaves, right?!), so asking permission to use it is going to be good etiquette.
The card for charging is in Japanese, but the important parts are graphics, so it should be a breeze for anyone. I have seen a few online notes on attaching Tesla's CHAdeMO adaptor, so there may be a trick or two involved with that.
PlugShare does list prices for each charge port, from Free on up. The port here is listed as ¥525 in PlugShare, but I did not see anywhere to put in money or a card of any kind. It appears to be free, but, again, please show some respect and inquire within.
Once I get my car, I'll be able to try them out. I also plan to add video at some point. I just need a Model S first. ;-)
On that note, read the next post...