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Tesla To Double Supercharger Network In 2017

Tesla To Double Supercharger Network In 2017

Unlike gas stations, electric car chargers aren’t exactly on every corner of the U.S. just yet. Tesla knows this is going to have to change if the company is going to satisfy both its current owners and hundreds of thousands of planned owners of the upcoming Model 3. So to help rectify this issue, the company is doubling its supercharger network this year.

In a blog post today Tesla announced it plans to have over 10,000 Superchargers in service by the end of 2017. In comparison, the company started 2017 with over 5,000 Superchargers globally, though demand has not been met even today.

Tesla owners have complained about long wait times at Tesla Supercharging stations, particularly in California. As a response to the complaints, the company began charging owners as a penalty for using the fast chargers for long periods of time, but even that hasn’t satisfied the issue.

The company also announced plans to expand some of its existing Supercharger stations; particularly ones that have excess demand today. Subsequently, most of the new stations will be built in urban centers or off of major highways for locals to utilize.

As part of the announcement, Tesla has updated its online map to show the majority of its planned expansion.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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    One of the advantages of the Tesla approach is that most developed nations already have a pretty robust electricity distribution network. That's a huge advantage over other alternative fuels; hydrogen (to name one) would involve building an entire distribution and refuelling network essentially from scratch.

    As some point, the draws from these Supercharger networks might strain the local grid, but Tesla also makes battery packs. They could easily add battery packs to Supercharger networks to draw electricity at a rate that doesn't exceed network capacity (and, ideally draws when electricity is cheap), creating their own buffer. Tesla already knows how to do this. Right now, there isn't a need and the economics don't make sense when supercharing is 'free'. As the Model3 comes out and Tesla moves to some kind of fee-based model, this might be something they look at.
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