Tesla Expanding Supercharger Network To Handle Model 3 Influx

Tesla has updated its plans to expand its Supercharger and related public charging infrastructure in anticipation of its Model 3.

The Model 3 is due to start in production July on an expedited timeline to become its volume production car, and with the pending flood of new cars, the automaker wants to avoid crowding and long lines at public charging spots.

With its Model 3’s reveal last year, the company had already said it would build out the network, but a recent blog post now outlines a scenario of Supercharger stations with “several dozen” charging units each and “customer centers” and more charging locations than originally forecast.

Rendering of Tesla expanded Supercharger with “customer centers.”

In updating everyone on its progress, Tesla’s post added this to its prior announcement it would double Superchargers available to 7,000 and quadruple “Destination Chargers” to 15,000 units by the end of 2017.

“We started 2017 with over 5,000 Superchargers globally and by the end of this year, Tesla will double that number to total more than 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging connectors around the world,” said Tesla. “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. We’re moving full speed on site selection and many sites will soon enter construction to open in advance of the summer travel season.”

Solar arrays supplement the massive current demands in this rendering.

The company now has more than 5.400 Superchargers and 9,000 Destination Charging locations, so in short, its expansion is nearly commensurate with the expansion of vehicle production.

Last year Tesla sold fewer than 80,000 units worldwide. By end of 2018, with Model 3 and other vehicles in full swing, the company predicts more than a five fold-increase to 500,000.
Not surprisingly, California will be a focal point.

“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. We’re moving full speed on site selection and many sites will soon enter construction to open in advance of the summer travel season,” said Tesla. “Toward that goal, Tesla will build larger sites along our busiest travel routes that will accommodate several dozen Teslas Supercharging simultaneously. In addition, many sites will be built further off the highway to allow local Tesla drivers to charge quickly when needed, with the goal of making charging ubiquitous in urban centers.”

As a caveat to it all, Tesla says despite expectations of public charging demand, the first resort is home charging.

As always, the most convenient way to charge is to plug in overnight where you park. However, to better serve the needs of owners who are traveling or those who don’t have access to reliable home charging, we will continue to aggressively expand our public charging networks.

With cars that achieve more than 200-300 miles range, local driving is typically workable without need for topping off at a public charger.

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