Tesla is apparently installing Starlink antennas at some charging stations

Charging your Tesla is not the most exciting experience – especially if you do not pay for the mobile data plan that comes with a Premium Connectivity subscription – but a report from Electrek finds that may be changing. According to the report, a user on Reddit noticed a Starlink bowl, which goes by the official name Dishy McFlatface, at a Supercharger station in Lake City, Florida. So far, it is still unclear where else Tesla has installed (or plans to install) Starlink satellite dishes and what purpose they will serve.

It’s possible that the dish will provide free Wi-Fi to customers without Tesla’s Premium Connectivity plan – those with $ 10 per person. month subscription can take advantage of Tesla’s built-in entertainment apps, such as Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, YouTube and more with access to mobile data. If the satellite dish is there to provide Wi-Fi while you charge your car, it means that even drivers with Standard Connectivity can access entertainment options in the car while charging their electric cars.

It may also have to do with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s plan to make the Supercharger network available to other types of electric cars. According to an estimate by Goldman Sachs, Tesla’s annual revenue from charging could jump from $ 1 billion to $ 25 billion if it opens charging stations for other electric cars. The cost of charging at a Supercharger station varies during the day, and drivers are charged either at kilowatt per hour or per hour. minute. Having free internet access through Starlink can attract drivers outside the Tesla ecosystem, perhaps even helping Tesla surpass Goldman Sachs’ estimate.

Tesla has already started allowing non-Tesla electric cars to access Supercharger stations in 10 locations in the Netherlands, and it probably started the pilot there because standardized charging cable plugs are mandatory in Europe. In the US, non-Tesla electric cars will need adapters to use Supercharger stations, which only complicates things. If and when Superchargers are made available to everyone, the use of free Wi-Fi on top of fast charging times may cause other electric car drivers to choose Superchargers over their competitors, such as ChargePoint and EVgo.

At the time of writing, the Musk-owned SpaceX has launched a total of 1,844 Starlink satellites into space since 2018 with the goal of providing Internet access to even the most remote areas of the world. Starlink also rolled out a lighter, rectangular version of the Dishy McFlatface, though this does not look like the model installed on the Florida Supercharger station.

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