By on April 24, 2017

[Image: Tesla Motors]

With the “affordable” Tesla Model 3 on its way to an anticipated July production date, the company has promised to double the number of fast-charge plug-in points to feed the company’s growing fleet.

The electric automaker has already installed over 5,400 Supercharger outlets and about 9,000 lower-voltage Destination Charging connectors at various locations around the globe. In North America, Tesla promises a 150-percent increase in the number of charging points. However, don’t expect many of those stations to look like the photo above.

The existing Supercharger connection points are found at more than 800 stations. Tesla envisions much larger stations arranged in space-efficient bays, plus smaller, outlying stations to connect vehicles in lower-use areas to the grid.

To feed the more than 300,000 Model 3 vehicles currently reserved by patient buyers, as well as existing and future models, the worldwide tally of connection points will rise to 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging plugs.

“In North America, we’ll increase the number of Superchargers by 150 percent, and in California alone we’ll add more than 1,000 Superchargers,” the company stated in a blog post. “We’re moving full speed on site selection and many sites will soon enter construction to open in advance of the summer travel season.”

The images accompanying Tesla’s post shows charging bays topped with a canopy of solar panels, surrounded by lush greenery. In reality, most of the stations will run off of the local power grid, as they currently do. It’s possibly that the automaker could forge a feed-in agreement with a utility to supply solar power to the local grid via those roof panels, but it wouldn’t make a large-use facility a completely green operation.

However, Tesla’s SolarCity sister company could be called in to power off-the-grid stations in remote areas — something company CEO Elon Musk mentioned in a December tweet.

“Yes, grid won’t be needed for moderate use Superchargers in non-snowy regions,” Musk tweeted.

In that case, electricity would be stored on site via an array of Powerpack energy storage devices already offered by Tesla. Yes, that setup would be pretty green — assuming you can find one. Meanwhile, as its network of charging stations grows, Tesla has already revamped its pricing structure to cover costs.

[Image: Tesla Motors]


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16 Comments on “Tesla Planning to Double the Number of Supercharger Stations...”

  • avatar

    So you’re gonna be there for 20-60 minutes.
    Are these equipped with money making sidelines like massage parlors, mini-casinos, etc?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Is this story about:

    a. The Model 3 won’t really be affordable (even though its base price is on par with the average car’s transaction price)?

    b. Concept sketches of Supercharger stations are overly attractive?

    c. Running a Supercharger off the grid (as they do now) is somehow bad because not all Superchargers will be solar powered?

    d. People will shun Supercharger stations once they discover they’re not solar powered?

    e. Charging money for charging is bad or deceptive?

    It’s so hard to tell, with all the implications found in this article.

    • 0 avatar
      10000 Angry Vegans

      I think the story is about the company’s endless narrative of promises combined with its inability to make money from any of them.

      • 0 avatar

        To Tesla’s credit, they are promises that thus far, have largely been met.

        The underlying concern, however, is valid. Doubling the network is not enough when you quadruple the volume of electric cars running around.

        • 0 avatar

          “Doubling the network is not enough when you quadruple the volume of electric cars running around.”

          Not as big of a problem as you might think. EVs are not like gas cars that require you to go to find a gas station. The vast majority of the time you just charge at home.

          Unlike the 80 to 100-mile cars, a 200 to 300-mile range car will rarely need any sort of public charger. Most round trips will be less than 200 miles, so home charging will meet most of charging demand. For my current 100-mile range car, when I make a 100-mile round trip, I’ll charge at my destination to give me a bit of padding. With a 200 to 300-mile range car, I’m not even going to bother.

          Newer charging technology is coming that will cut the charging time in half. So cars will be spending much less time at the Superchargers effectively increasing the number.

          With a Tesla, you can also quick charge at other locations like the new Volkswagen network, ChargePoint, and EvGo.

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          “Doubling the network is not enough when you quadruple the volume of electric cars running around.”

          It’s not a problem if the current network utilization is low. In some areas like CA there is congestion, but in most areas there is no wait time.

  • avatar

    From that illustration it appears that only gray ghost people buy T***as so it’s OK to beta test on them since they’re incorporeal.

  • avatar

    It’s like a gas station but without the gas

  • avatar

    What effect does the creation of all these charging stations have on Tesla’s bottom line?

    What if the makers of gasoline cars had had to provide the gas stations?

    Note that these stations are vastly cheaper than the projected cost of $1 million each for hydrogen filling stations. And that hydrogen-for-cars boosters want governments to provide the stations. No wonder.

    In this context, Tesla has stepped up and put their resources where their ideology is.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Yes, even GM and the other EV mfrs won’t do this. They’re all relying on third-party charging outfits to seed the country with stations.

      So the Bolt – decent car that it is – remains on a short leash in many areas of the country.

  • avatar

    The only TESLA I get a “charge” out of is the Rock ‘n’ Roll band from Sacramento, California!
    Make Pontiac Great Again!

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