Tesla plans to almost double its car-charging network

Ashley Carr
April 25, 2017

The firm also noted that as it prepares for its first mass-market vehicle and continues to increase our Model S and Model X fleet, charging is becoming an even greater priority.

The company also expects to have 15K destination charging connectors globally by the end of the year, up from 9K.

In North America particularly, the company aims to increase the total number of Superchargers by 150 percent.

It has built more than 9,000 low-speed charging stations at hotels, resort towns and restaurants across the world. "Many sites will soon enter construction to open in advance of the summer travel season", Tesla said in the post.

The timing of this announcement comes right as Tesla ownership is expected to dramatically increase with the shipping of the "affordable" Tesla Model 3 (it starts around $35,000).

Model 3 on a country road
Model 3. Image source Tesla

Charging a Tesla is about to get a lot more convenient. This move was created to shape owner behavior rather than improve Tesla's bottom-line, and position Superchargers as back-up options rather than a primary means of charging. People seldom stop to consider that the Tesla Supercharger system is the world's largest, most reliable, and most powerful electric vehicle charging network, but it may prove to be one of the company's most valuable assets in the future.

Today, Tesla updated the goal for the Supercharger network to 10,000 and reiterated the quadrupling of Destination chargers.

The company said it is doubling its charging network by expanding existing locations and adding locations. Tesla operates 830 Supercharger stations in over two dozen countries.

The company also said it will build larger Supercharger sites along the busiest travel routes, and provide stations for local drivers in those areas further away from the highway, so local drivers are not competing for space with travelers. The goal is to make "charging ubiquitous in urban centers", Tesla says in its blog post. Last year, Elon Musk linked those new solar installations to the upcoming next-gen "Tesla Supercharger V3" with over 350 kW power output.

"W$3 e know that to truly advance electric vehicle adoption, we must continue investing in charging infrastructure". Vehicles would be charge simultaneously when more number of chargers is added to the already existing supercharger stations.

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