Tesla Motors Opens 26th Supercharger Station as Site in Waco, Texas Comes Online

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 19

Tesla Supercharger Station in Waco, Texas

Tesla Supercharger Station in Waco, Texas

“We’re about to open our 26th Supercharger in Waco. Owners can now travel free between Dallas, Austin & San Antonio.”

Look at That Fall 2013 Map!!!

Look at That Fall 2013 Map!!!

Says Tesla Motors via its Facebook page.

We should immediately point out that Tesla is including the 6 Superchargers in Norway in the statement above, so there’s actually only 20 operational in the US as of right now.

Tesla’s 20th US station comes online today in Waco, Texas.

Tesla plans to have 28 Superchargers in action by the time Summer 2013 comes to an end (September 21), so only two more need to come online by September 21 for this remarkable goal to be met.

Tesla adds this statement in:

“In August we met our goal of tripling our Superchargers this summer. This month we’re opening more stations in TX, IL & the North East.”

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19 responses to "Tesla Motors Opens 26th Supercharger Station as Site in Waco, Texas Comes Online"

  1. David Murray says:

    You know.. I haven’t seen this discussed anywhere. But I look at how the Tesla Model-S has the charging port on the rear of the car, much like a gasoline car. And I have to ask myself WHY? Being that this car was supposed to break with all traditions of gasoline cars, why keep this one? It really doesn’t make any sense on an electric car. Toyota did it on the Plug-in-Prius just to save a few bucks on manufacturing costs. But I am sure that is not Tesla’s reason. The biggest problem I see is when using public charging stations, even the superchargers. Most of the ones I’ve seen require the driver to back the car into the spot. A lot of people have difficulty backing a car into a spot. Its just something probably 50% of drivers are just not good at doing. I’ll admit, I’m not an expert at it either. I think Nissan got it right by putting the charging port right on the nose of the car. This is the most logical place. Most other cars have it on the driver’s side in front of the driver door. While that is better, it still makes it hard to reach some charging cords. And I’ve even had to back my Volt in on occasion in order to get the cable to reach.

    So what was the reasoning behind this?

    1. Josh says:

      I like the Nissan charge port placement as well. From a design standpoint, I think the charger location placement is to reduce the cabling length (weight) to the onboard chargers and the bypass direct to the pack for SuperCharging.

      One thing to remember, if you have a Model S, you may never use a public charger other than a SuperCharger.

    2. vdiv says:

      One reason is safety. Tesla may want you to back into parking spots so that you have good visibility when leaving.

      The real reason is probably the desire to have the length of the charging cord limited to allow for the high current of supercharging, to reduce cost, and by reducing the chance of tripping over the cord.

    3. Spec says:

      Well . . . you gotta admit that it is cool the way it is hidden within tail-light. I’m not sure if that is the reason why it is there but that is nice camouflage.

      I think it is an odd spot. My preference it just outside the driver door AND just outside the passenger door so you could charge from either side. But that is expensive.

    4. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      I think they should offer an optional additional charge port behind the front “grille”, with one or more regional standards such as J1772, ChaDeMo, CCS, etc.

    5. David Stone says:

      I doubt if this was the reason, but it is better to have the port at the back as it encourages people to back in.

      Ease of movement – easy to difficult / safety – hig to low:
      – driving forwards into parking space
      – driving forwards out of parking space
      – driving backwards into parking space
      – driving backwards out of parking space

      Due to extremly reduced visiblity, reversing out of a parking space is the most dangerous to all traffic, including to the driver, is the most difficult and takes the most time if danger is to be minimised.
      Pedestrians are also in danger if the space is in a driveway.

  2. DonH says:

    And how about it has no ugly hatch cover like most other cars.

  3. DonH says:

    Also, Tesla doesn’t seem to have that ugly antenna protrusion like a lot of top shelf cars have, yet I don’t know where it is, somebody?

    1. Josh says:

      From what I have heard, the AM/FM radio antenna is integrated into the roof structure of the Model S. The reports are that the reception is marginal. But when you have streaming internet radio, who cares if you AM channels are a little fuzzy.

  4. Spec says:

    For a minute there I thought . . . that’s odd . . . a wooden supercharger?

    1. Bill Howland says:

      Apparently only the wireless (Tesla Tower ??) superchargers are wood grained.

      My Roadster has poor placement of the charge connector also if you happen to live in a left side steering country. The #6 cable goes over to the right hand side of the car anyway, since that is where the 150 amp charge fuses are, at the right rear. So they would have saved a bit of cabling by putting it on the right hand side, and it would be safer for public charging use. As it is, I have to throw the cable over the roof, or, as some VolT owners do, put the cable through the cabin and partially roll up the windows.

      I don’t own one, but Nissan seemed to have the best Idea. Port in the front center, j1772 for economy and midscale versions, and an optional Chademo for the top of the line products. This philosophy of theirs makes the one car charging compatible world-wide.

      You just have to get used to the fact that Tesla will not conform easily to existing standards. They’d rather plow their own way. So its up to you if you still want to buy the car. I’ve mentioned it before, but does anyone know why a Tesla Roadster will work with half the Aerovironments (30 amp , L2) and not the other half? I thought they were all the same, with no dip switches to adjust.

  5. GRA says:

    If the statement that “Tesla plans to have 28 Superchargers in action by the time summer comes to an end” is Tesla’s, rather than Eric’s gloss, they’re playing fast and loose with the truth. They said back in May that they’d have 27 stations _in the U.S._ on line by the end of summer, and published a map showing them. They have now removed that map from the Supercharger website, but GCR has printed it, or you can still see the sites that were/are supposed to be ready by looking at the Fall map and seeing the red dots which are missing from the ‘Now’ map. IIRR they’re still short two sites in California, one in Colorado, one in Florida, one in Rockford, Illinois and three? along I-95.

    On the positive side, they’ve brought on line the one in Woodburn, Oregon early, and also put Superchargers at the factory in Fremont although I can’t see any reason for a customer to need them there, as they’re too close to Gilroy to be needed for travel to/from the Bay Area and 101 or 5 Southbound.

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Splitting hairs really…and seems rather bush league to us.

      A startup automaker falls a few Superchargers short of its goals and gets needlessly jumped on by a green media site.

      That’s not the way we roll here. Tesla has achieved a remarkable feat in rolling out its Supercharger network as quickly as it has so far. We’re certainly not bothered by Tesla perhaps being a week or two behind schedule.

      We can tell you that most of the Supercharger sites in question (the ones that were supposed to be installed, but haven’t been completed yet) are held up by mounds of red tape. This is fact and it’s beyond Tesla control.

      All sites have that “map” you’re referring too… See here and you’ll know what we mean: http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-supercharger-network-to-triple-by-end-of-june-charge-rate-kicked-up-to-120-kw-this-summer-wvideo/

      We’d personally rather see green sites celebrate monumental achievements, rather than pick out a tiny pebble of truth in an attempt to shun an automaker.

      We’ve stated before that, aside from informing, one of our duties is advocating.

      We’ll leave it to Faux News to spread questionable “truths” to the masses.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        If I was taking a stab at it, I think Tesla’s IT/webguy is just hella slow and/or can’t handle the endless updates in regards to ‘which station is ready and when’ that the map needs every few days.

        Tesla took a educated guess at where they thought the stations would pop up by the end of the summer; some have come to pass, some not – while others still have come online early. They probably pulled it not because of the number, but because the locations are always in flux. I imagine, with summer ending soon they will rejig the whole thing now to be accurate. /but just a WAG

        1. Marshal G says:

          Yeah what’s up with that?. It took them several days to add Woodburn to the map, and from time to time it still disappears. Lately they can’t seem to make up their mind if they want to get rid or Spring or not. In the grand scheme of things not a big deal, but it just looks sloppy.

      2. Guy says:

        I’m a big fan of Tesla, and especially appreciative of their customer communications and the job they’ve done installing QCs, especially when compared to Nissan’s pathetically inept efforts in both areas. That being said, I fail to see how pointing out Tesla’s shortfalls re their own claims is being ‘jumped on’. These are the expectations they set up themselves by publishing the maps and timetable, for which I give them all credit compared to Nissan’s black hole of customer communications.

        No one is going to be too bothered if they miss their target by a week or even a month, because they’re doing a far better job than anyone else. But really, how can delays due to permitting etc. be unforeseen? That’s about as valid an excuse for a company that had already installed a fair number of SCs before they made their SC schedule announcement in May as ‘my dog ate my homework’.

        The important thing is that they be honest about it and don’t try to re-write history, a near-impossibility when publishing on the internet. As long as they say, “we know we’re late, we’re sorry, here’s why and what we’re doing about it”, it’s cool. Helps prevent hubris, too.

    2. Josh says:

      This is typical Tesla fashion though. They will hit their technical promises, but the timeline will look a little fuzzy compared to original proclamations. Since they are building it on their own dime, I’ll give them the wiggle room on the actual deployment dates.

      It was probably a little arrogant to think that they could steam through all of the pre-construction red tape to hit the deadlines. If they keep popping up 2 or 3 new stations every month, it should give their customers confidence that the network will build out to the final plan.

      Compare this to the support and speed of deployment of CCS chargers.

      1. Eric Loveday says:

        Where are these CCS chargers you speak of? Could you provide a global map with projected install dates…lol

      2. Bill Howland says:

        Its also free publicity and part of the cost of the supercharger can be considered the increase in Musk’s stock price.