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.