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Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by James Ayre

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Tesla Hits New Milestone — 2,000 Superchargers Installed Worldwide (Infographic)

March 2nd, 2015 by  



Tesla Motors has achieved yet another new milestone, with more than 2,000 Superchargers now installed worldwide — located at ~400 different Supercharger stations on 4 different continents.

To commemorate the occasion, Tesla just released a nice new infographic summing up the state of the company’s fast-charging infrastructure network.

Tesla supercharger London

The company’s Supercharger network now connects the East Coast of the US to the West Coast, the UK to continental Europe, southern China to northern China, and most European population centers to each other, as well as including stations in Japan and Australia.

According to Tesla, the Supercharger network is now the fastest-growing + largest fast-charging network in the world. The network increased in size roughly 5-fold in 2014 — and the plan is apparently to double that figure in 2015.

As noted in a recent blog post by the company, the network gives Tesla owners a means of making “road trips exceptionally easy and delightful.” Going on: “At Superchargers, Model S owners traveling far from home can get half a charge in as little as 20 minutes — completely free. Superchargers are typically located next to amenities such as cafes and shopping centers so you can stop for a quick meal or shopping break while your Model S charges. Every Model S with an 85 kWh battery includes Supercharging, and it can be added to any 60 kWh Model S.”

The Supercharger network certainly does have a lot going for it, and is arguably one of the best-selling points of Tesla’s vehicles. With the network becoming more and more substantial, that should continue. Though I do sort of wonder what will happen if the Model 3 ends up as a huge success. Won’t there be crowding issues? Or is the plan simply for the network to grow exponentially before then?

Anyways… here’s the new infographic:

Supercharger infographic

Image Credit: Tesla Motors





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  • TheWordistheWord

    Wow they are not fooling around are they? I remember seeing independent electric car chargers in Hawaii but seems like Tesla is just going to handle it themselves. I wonder if people with other electric car makes can use them for a fee perhaps.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Tesla has said that it is willing to share the use of its superchargers with other car manufactures but so far no one has signed up.

      I expect we’ll have a few years of messing around before we get to a ‘one size fits all’ charging infrastructure. It will make no sense to install a half dozen different chargers in a place that sees only a few cars per day.

  • Offgridman

    The concern over the Model3 causing crowding at the superchargers is unnecessary. With it not being expected until ’17 at the earliest, the expansive build out of chargers shown for ‘ 16 that will just continue, and that previous reports show that most Model S drivers end up using the Superchargers to cover a small percentage of their total miles.
    Tesla hasn’t had the chicken or egg first problem seen with other manufacturers, as with the increasing sales of their cars they have continued the deployment of charging stations. There is no reason that this shouldn’t continue with increased sales from the Model X and then the Model3.
    With the attempt at an economical price for the Model3 I suspect that Supercharger access will be an add on feature like with the 60 Kwh Model S, or perhaps by that time the network will be broad enough to institute a per use payment. With the coming longer ranges of the Leaf, Bolt, and possibly VW and BMW the other charging networks will probably have faster charge capabilities also that could be accessed with the right adapter.
    With the federal and state governments encouragement and various manufacturer’s wanting the same better networks for EV’s by the time the Model3 gets here the owners should have no problem getting their ‘charge’ on. 😀

    • dogphlap dogphlap

      Musk has already said SuperCharger access will come with the Model 3 and it will be free for life.
      Most of the time people will charge overnight at home so in the main SuperChargers only need to cope with road trip traffic which is why comparison with gas station density is irrelevant. That would not be the case for hydrogen fuelled cars though.

      • Martin

        Did anybody look at the comparison of the supercharger net work and the speed of build up as compared to gas stations when ICE cars came out first?
        Main difference is superchargers are free, gas never was!
        Even level 2 chargers are free, alt least where I live in BC, Canada, at least for now..

        • jeffhre

          Superchargers are fee free once enabled. My wild off the cuff prediction. The charging systems will be interoperable by 2025. CCS will be at 150KW and the plugs will be the same as Tesla’s. Tesla will agree to modify their plugs, slightly, so that the engineers representing the CCS system can brag to their friends at the company softball games, “See, I told you that Tesla system was no good, we had to get them to modify it so that it would even work!”

      • Matt

        So true, since if you include local gas stations in comparison, I would have to include homes with outlets also. Since that is where I do my daily fill up.

    • Shiggity

      The perceived problem is all the ‘poor’ model 3 owners taking spaces from all the ‘cool hipster’ model S owners who were there first!

      Unlimited charging for life doesn’t mean they guarantee you no wait times for life.

      • That model 3 is still two years away and they won’t be filling driveways instantly because they can only make so many at a time. Supercharges will have a good chance to say ahead of demand and if there is a problem they can add more at those areas quickly. Just look at China six months ago there was like three chargers.

        • Marion Meads

          Model 3 is more than 3 years away!

          • Philip W

            Proof it. If you can’t, stop spreading such nonsense.

          • Yeah, you’re probably right about the model 3, so I will have to buy a used model S instead. You can’t break my optimism and get a away with it.

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