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Published on April 29th, 2014 | by James Ayre

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100th Tesla Supercharger Station Now Up & Running… In New Jersey

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April 29th, 2014 by
 
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Tesla’s Supercharger network of free, high-speed charging stations for owners of Tesla EVs continues to grow at an impressive rate, as the recent announcement that the 100th Supercharger Station is now up and running makes clear.

The pioneering electric car company’s ambitious plans to create its own nationwide (and European) network of “superchargers” have been, seemingly, nearly realized. Not bad for only 2-ish years of work! :)

The 100th Supercharger station in question is located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey — just to the east of Trenton, and around 40 miles or so miles northeast of Philly. Located at the Hamilton Market Place Mall, the station features six charging stalls, and is open 24-hours. Worth noting is the fact that the Supercharger is the first to be located in New Jersey — a bit humorous when you consider the history between Tesla and New Jersey.

The Tesla Motors blog provides more:

At a Supercharger, a Model S can get half a charge in as little as 20 minutes, allowing for long-distance travel without having to pay a cent for gas (or, now that we mention it, electricity). By charging only at Superchargers, Model S owners can drive for free, forever. 

Tesla has now opened 86 Supercharger stations in North America, 14 in Europe, and we energized the first ones in China just this week. These numbers are growing rapidly as we fill out electric highways around the world. Model S owners can find directions to Superchargers on their cars’ 17-inch touchscreens. Meanwhile, we’re building a network that will ultimately mean drivers will never be more than 100 miles from a Supercharger. By the end of next year, we’ll have 98 percent of the U.S. population covered.

Here are some fun facts too:

  • Gallons of gas offset by Superchargers: 570,921
  • Dollars saved in collective fuel costs: 2.3 million*
  • Miles charged: 14,273,033, enough to circle the globe 573 times
  • Cumulative total energy delivered to date: 4.9 million kWh
  • Cars charged in the last seven days: 5,196
  • Factor by which a Supercharger charges a Model S faster than at a public charging station: 16

In the US, you can now drive across the country as well as up and down each coast. In Europe, there are 6 Supercharger stations in Norway, 4 in Germany, 2 in the Netherlands, 1 in Austria, and 1 in Switzerland.

For more information on the Supercharger network in Europe and the one in the US, be sure to check out some of our previous coverage:

Tesla Brings Superchargers To Norway

Tesla Superchargers Now Serve Several European Countries

Tesla Announces Plans To Install 30 More Services Centers & Stores Around Europe, + More Superchargers

Record Electric Vehicle Road Trip — Epic Electric American Road Trip — Concludes

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  • No way

    Number 101 and 102 are online too, in China (Beijing+Shanghai). :) Tesla now have super chargers on 3 continents and I don’t think it will take long until they have some on a 4th, assuming the Australians will buy enough Teslas of course.
    First fast chargers in China? Nah, the government, chinese car companies and ABB are bulding the largest charging network in the world as we speak.

  • Omega Centauri

    Now for the tricky part. What about non-Tesla EVs? If EV companies are going to start creating charger networks, we need some way to create synergy between the different brands. Tesla should allow other makes to charge, for a fair price (or have reciprocal relationships with other brands).

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Tesla has said that it would allow that. My guess is that other companies are hesitant to put in the money or accept the fact that they were late to this side of the story. And, frankly, there’s really only one major manufacturer putting a lot into the EV revolution so far — Renault-Nissan. The others are for the most part offering compliance cars or tip-toeing in.

      • Otis11

        Which is going to mean, between 2017 and 2020 when other car makers actually get their stuff together and make real EVs – they’ll have 2 options: 1) Contract with Tesla to use their charging network, or 2) build out another whole network.

        My guess is they’ll want to go with the former as it’ll make their EVs more competitive to be able to drive nation wide instead of being limited by charging stations. (I simply don’t see a public, national network as robust as Tesla’s being established in the immediate future.)

        • No way

          Well, Teslas charging network is a very very small one compared to the existing Chademo networks and the coming CCS networks which will continue to grow independent from any car manufacturer. Even little Estonia has more fast chargers than there are super chargers from Tesla.
          And with the combined chargers like the ABB Terra 53CJG one network will cover all.

          The big differences and what is making the buzz are just that Tesla have big battery cars and that their charging stations are at 120-135 kW while the Chademo/CCS generally are at 50 kW which make long drives possible with ease.

          • RobS

            There needs to be far more Chademo because the cars that use it have ~1/3rd the range of a Tesla, and when they do stop Chademo is 1/3rd the charging rate. so with Tesla you stop for 40 mins every 3 hours, with Chademo you stop for 40-60 minutes every 40-60 minutes. Pretending Chademo has a numbers advantage when the technology inherently needs 3 times as many stations to match Tesla’s is disingenuous.

          • No way

            So 4000 compared with 100 isn’t a big number enough?
            3:1 needed and 40:1 in existence.

            Not disingenuous at all. And the rollout of Chademos will never get down to “only” a rate of 3:1.

            The range of the cars and the effect is another problem, which I have also commented on.

          • Otis11

            First, I should have specified that I was talking about the US – some European countries are significantly ahead of us in this…

            But I don’t see the current chargers as a viable network for long distance travel – they simply don’t have the power to charge a car quickly enough for long distance trips. Even the Superchargers are on the lower range of acceptable IMO. The current chargers are great for toping off your car as you drive around town or if you’re taking the scenic route, but way too slow for a regular drive from, say, Austin to Houston (160 miles). It would turn a 2 and a half hour trip into a 4+ hour trip minimum. Tesla’s superchargers make it a 3 hour trip at worst (that’s if you start with just enough to get you to the supercharger between the two cities – with a full battery you wouldn’t have to stop, but that’s not a fair comparison)

          • No way

            I understand what you mean. Especially from a US perspective and I agree with most of what you have written.
            My thought was that the CCS charger would be a big improvement of the Chademo when people started to talk about 170kW max rate but now it seems that about 100kW will be the maximimum output with the current plug (more or less like the Chademo can do). 50 kW is definitely to slow, probably 100 kW too.

            But some of your things are very strange from my perspective like regular drives of 160 miles and back in a day. We rarely do that and the people who often do go around the country on a regular basis without much time for breaks (here many of those who do are sales people/technicians) and if you are one of those maybe 5% here then a high mpg diesel or a PHEV is to recommend.
            The normal thing to do with an EV is to start the trip with a full battery, it’s one of the fundamental differences compared to ICE’s.
            It is a fair comparison that you would do that trip without stops, that is how you will and are supposed to do it 99% of the times when going somewhere regularly with the starting point from where you live.
            A more accurate way of comparison would be to see how much charge you would need to get back home when starting from a full battery and getting home with an almost empty one, which would add maybe half an hour to the 5 hour drive.

            But we still get back to the point that people who do long distance all the time will not be satisfied even with the Teslas charging times. But then again EV’s are not for everyone, there will always be a few percent who needs/wants something different.

            The charge rates will improve though and the batteries will get bigger and someday we will think it’s funny that this discussion ever existed.
            Rumours about Tesla are talking about an increase to 150 kW (and 200 kW sometime in the future) and a larger battery at about 110 kWh.

          • Otis11

            No, it’s not 160 miles and back in the same day. It’s 160 miles, stay for a few days and head back. But regardless, doing it more than a few times a year would be painful in current plug ins with current chargers as it turns a relatively reasonable drive into a long one.

            Despite what you might think, I actually drive very few miles a year (public transportation and biking/walking are very feasible in Austin), but 95% of my miles are trips between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, and I tend to drive them with enough regularity that the car would have to have either fast charging (Like Tesla fast – 100+ miles in 15 or 20 minutes is about minimum) or very long range (250 miles minimum). Both would be prefered as I also drive 1000+ mile trips ~4 times a year. (Despite all that my yearly mileage is only 5-6K miles)

            And yes – I understand that you would always start an EV with 100% charge, but I didn’t with the Tesla in the example above to make a point. I also could have started with a full charge on both a Model S and a Leaf, and simply had a longer drive, but the math is more involved and I was lazy… Really, the Model S range and charge rate are fully acceptable. While I would like and improvement, the time would be well worth the savings around my pay scale, unfortunately that puts the Model S out of my price range. The Leaf, or any other EV simply isn’t enough for me (but I’m a rare case – the vast majority of people would have no problem with a leaf.) as it either needs faster charging or more range. Both are not absolutely necessary, though it would be preferred.

            Honestly, I’d be best served by a Prius with my driving habits – the EV range is negligible since my average trip is over 100 miles (all short trips replaced with biking/walking/public transit), but that is an absolute rarity. (I’ve actually toyed with the idea of getting an wrecked pickup, fixing it myself, lifting the bed 6 inches and running batteries along the entire length and width. Make a true EV F150 or Tacoma with 160 mile range, a charge rate that can fully utilize level 2 chargers and 20A-220V outlets…)

            The point I was trying to make was not about the cars, but rather that the only charging infrastructure that’s even near acceptable are the superchargers… all other public chargers, to my knowledge, are way too weak for long distance drivers. Even though there are only a few percent that do it regularly, the American mindset is “I might one day…” and instead of changing cars when they need it, or simply renting a car a few times a year, they want to know the network is there.

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