Tesla Supercharger Expansion By-The-Dots

3 years ago by Mark Hovis 20

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Tesla Supercharger’s Three Front Expansion

For the first twelve months, Tesla Motors’ Supercharger network saw only a dozen installations, but oh how it has changed since then.

In the early months of 2014, Tesla Motors set out to break the North American cross-country EV speed record using their Supercharger network.

The following ten months saw the network expand to 100 installations and to begin breaking ground in Europe. The dot laced maps on the left can be found here. They contain permitted sites in blue, construction sites in yellow, and active Superchargers in red. The 2015 maps on the right are from the Tesla Motors Supercharger site.

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North American Superchargers

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2015 North American Supercharger expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The current count upon posting this article is 198 active Superchargers (now 199). The second hundred were installed in just over five months. The 300 mark may very well be reached by the close of 2014.  Currently, 20 permits are pulled and an additional 22 Superchargers are currently under construction.

North America is seeing the formation of many new supercharger routes. The permits are in place for a path to Calgary, Canada. The central cross-country routes are being watched with anticipation. Permits are also showing up for a northern passage out of Washington state, while southern permits are filling in from Texas to Florida.

And there seems to be no sign of slowing through 2015. Europe will see large expansions in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Finland, and more.

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European Superchargers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Asian Market is no exception. Tesla Motors has aggressive expansion plans for both China and Japan. These markets are possibly the most revolutionary of them all. Few manufacturers would have taken on the Chinese market so early in the growth of their company, particularly one with patented technologies. Not only did Tesla Motors aggressively embrace the market, but they made ALL of their patents open source.   The Japanese market has been difficult for American automotive companies. Additionally, Toyota and Honda have all but abandoned EVs in favor of hydrogen vehicles. Most would consider this too daunting, but then again, Tesla Motors is not your typical American automotive company.

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20 responses to "Tesla Supercharger Expansion By-The-Dots"

  1. Jaime says:

    No one in South Korea?

    1. Mark H says:

      Give it time. The chargers aren’t cheap and the expansion really effectively started in mid 2013. There will certainly be many more global markets to follow, but we thank this automotive company for building out their own network and for a giving us a peak into the probable expansions 18 months in advance.

    2. John F says:

      One supercharger placed anywhere in South Korea would cover the entire country. For practical purposes, the nation is a small island. While South Korea needs some EV charging, it doesn’t seem to need a supercharger for a vehicle with Tesla’s range.

      1. Mikael says:

        South Korea is larger than you think. It might be its proximity to China that fools your perspective a bit. 🙂
        But 5 would give some basic coverage. And 15-20 will probably cover almost everything outside Seoul.

        The only question would be how many chargers that would be needed in the city center of Seoul, like in Beijing/Shanghai/London/NY etc.

        1. John VonBokel says:

          A 130mi radius around Cheongju covers virtually all of South Korea. The Model S can drive 265mi on a charge. Create your own custom marker/radius at supercharge.info to see.

          1. Mikael says:

            Sure… and put in 5 in germany and it would be covered by your logic. 🙂
            For some reason Tesla has built 17 chargers there already and will build at least as many more. I wonder why?
            Next time at least try to think before posting.

    3. Tech01x says:

      I am curious, do you think that South Koreans willing buy significant quantities of an American car?

  2. GeorgeS says:

    I wish they had a SC in east Phx on hwy 87.

  3. Rob Stark says:

    Australia got next.

    1. Mark H says:

      Makes the most sense Rob. At least to build a network along the gold coast of Queensland down through Victoria first.

      1. Mikael says:

        Since it’s the only country left where the Tesla is sold that doesn’t have any superchargers it’s pretty obvious where they will build next. 🙂

        But with such a large country, very small population and basically no EV sales it doesn’t really make sense in any other way.
        Anyhow, it’s a way for Tesla to get ready for the Model 3 which not even the Australians will be able to resist.

        And the only thing Tesla need to do to sell it in big numbers is to tell Tony Abbott that it runs on coal too if you want.

  4. ydnas7 says:

    remember
    EU has 22kW AC Mennekes
    Tesla has 22kW AC onboard
    Tesla probably has 10,000 22kW chargers they can use across the EU, and others consider 25kW as a ‘fast charge’

    1. Tech01x says:

      This. L2 charging with inexpensive EVSE’s is very important for widespread destination charging.

      The focus on high speed DCFC should be to support long distance travel. That’s why installing anything short of 100kW DCFC is a waste of money, especially if it includes government money.

  5. Tyl Young says:

    What’s nice to remember today is that the Tesla Model S is emissions free. It is also free to fill up at the Tesla supercharging sites. Free forever. The power of the sun at work! I’ve driven 34,000 for free, that’s serious bank yes, but knowing it is emissions free is just as great!

    1. Doug B says:

      Not strictly emissions free as the supercharger network is connected to the general utility grid and Tesla has yet to build out the equivalent solar capacity.
      It is fascinating how quick a fueling network can be built out, can you ever imagine this speed of development for hydrogen?

  6. Kalle says:

    When will we see a conection between china and europe u think?
    The tail of SC down to turkey seems to hint at it 🙂
    Now nordkap to tailand would make one epic roadtripp dont u think 😀

    1. GSP says:

      How about nordkap to Thailand to Japan to Alaska to key west to New York to Ireland to Spain to Italy to nordkap?

      That would be epic, and no need to wait for more Superchargers either.

      GSP

    2. Mikael says:

      Have fun!

      I’d wait for a route via Russia before going on that road trip to China. 😛

      But if you want to go via Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma to get to Thailand be my guest.

      I just ordered a flight to Bangkok for just under $500 including taxes and everything. Direct flight with no stops and extra leg space (the spots right behind first class).

  7. jmac says:

    The Japanese import energy. The Japanese import raw materials.

    Then with amazing Japanese expertise, and dexterity they manufacture goods for the rest of the world.

    That’s how they survive.

    And so, Japan makes its living exporting value added expertise to everything from cameras to television sets to automobiles.

    Since Japan makes its living selling exports, they dislike any and all imports and actively discourage many of them.

    Exports are essential to Japan’s survival. Conversely, they discourage imports. The Japanese people instinctively know this and pick, choose, and use Japanese products for “survival” reasons.

    The only car company that has even had even modest success in Japan is Volkswagen who imported something like 44,000 VW cars to Japan one year.

    But Nissan in the same year “imported” nearly 40.000 Nissan from overseas factories.

    If you can get by the customs agent, then you must face the Japanese bureaucracy and mountains of red tape….. and the stubborn resistance of the Japanese consumer to buy outside Japan.

    For Japan, it’s basically a matter of survival since they have limited raw materials and limited energy resources.

    But you just gotta love all those Tesla red dots strewn all over Japan.

    1. Mark H says:

      I spent some time working in the Nissan plant in Atsugi Japan and generally would agree with your assesment. However, the global automotive arena has never seen anything quite as disruptive as Tesla.

      One could easily say that no car company could ever survive to battle with the US auto dealership. The whole idea of an EREV is not having to spend the money on a big battery, yet they do it. Everybody speaks of global hackers and Tesla goes open source. The rules as we know them are being rewritten.