Tesla is upgrading its Supercharger network, adding Starlink support

Tesla is beginning to upgrade some Supercharger stations with Starlink satellite dishes, which could enable a lot of new features.

@AdamHuntTT
Published Mon, Nov 15 2021 11:46 AM CST   |   Updated Thu, Dec 9 2021 12:34 AM CST

Tesla has begun to add Starlink functionality to some Supercharger stations across America, with multiple people online spotting satellite dishes appearing in Lake City, Florida, and Lisbon, Connecticut.

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Tesla already supports free in-car cellular connectivity for limited features such as email or simple navigation and offers a Premium Connectivity subscription for a $10 monthly fee which supports more data-intensive features. However, when connected to a Wi-Fi network, all Internet features are free to use.

Elon Musk recently replied to other users on Twitter that expressed a desire to see Wi-Fi built into all Supercharger stations, stating that they all eventually would. Now it seems the rollout has begun, potentially enabling a plethora of features. Enabling full Wi-Fi functionality between the car and the Starlink network would allow users full Internet access in the downtime spent charging at stations on a long road trip, without subscribing to the Premium Connectivity plan.

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With over 1600 satellites, supplementing the Supercharger network with access to Starlink would offer reliable Internet connections in rural areas, helping to support expansions into more remote locations and increasing national coverage. Internet connections ensure payments for charging can be processed and enable updates for Tesla vehicles to be downloaded and installed. The former is especially important as Tesla plans to open up the Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric cars.

In any situation, users would certainly appreciate the quality of life improvement of being able to relax and stream something while waiting for a charge to complete without needing to pay extra for a subscription.

Adam grew up watching his dad play Turok 2 and Age of Empires on a PC in his computer room, and learned a love for video games through him. Adam was always working with computers, which helped build his natural affinity for working with them, leading to him building his own at 14, after taking apart and tinkering with other old computers and tech lying around. Adam has always been very interested in STEM subjects, and is always trying to learn more about the world and the way it works.

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