Tesla to Supercharge 98% of US Population by 2015

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 30

Updated Rollout Map - End of 2015

Updated Rollout Map – End of 2015

Tesla Updates Supercharger Rollout

Tesla Updates Supercharger Rollout

98%…imagine that!!!

In Tesla’s latest update to its Supercharger rollout map, the automaker announced that, by the end of 2015, 98% of the US population will be within range (Model S range) of the nearest Supercharger station.

That’s a remarkable feat, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

If Tesla makes good on that 98% figure, then the startup automaker will have basically electrified almost all of the US in just over 3 years’ time.

If we compare that to the other automakers who are currently in the process of installing a free coast-to-coast quick charging infrastructure for their electric vehicle owners to use...umm…wait a second here...there aren’t other automakers doing that, so this comparison becomes moot.

Tesla’s rapid Supercharger rollout should be seen as what it is: a herculean feat that’s unmatched by any other automaker today.

Tesla is essentially putting free “fueling” stations across the US on its own dime and nobody is forcing Tesla to do so.

Lastly, for those who still question Tesla’s ability to get these Superchargers in place, we simply say this: Tesla is today accomplishing what many believed to be impossible last year when it first announced the expansion of the Supercharger network.

There were skeptics back then who remain skeptics today.  We can’t change their minds, but perhaps Tesla’s persistent push to get these Superchargers online will.

 

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30 responses to "Tesla to Supercharge 98% of US Population by 2015"

  1. David Murray says:

    Considering the amount of government money that has been wasted on charging infrastructure, it could have easily paid for all of this.

    1. Nix says:

      That is an interesting observation, but the Tesla SuperCharger network and the majority of the existing charging infrastructure are completely different in their nature, and they do not overlap.

      The Tesla Supercharger network is designed specifically to enable long distance travel, with chargers located outside of population centers. The only vehicles that can use it are vehicles with very large batteries.

      The majority of the existing charging infrastructure is the exact opposite. They are mostly located inside population centers to enable local travel with less range anxiety for cars with much smaller battery packs.

      Even if you solved for the existing charging incompatibilities, the Tesla network really would not work to replace the rest of the charging network, and probably never will as long as there are EV’s with less than 200 miles of range on the road.

      It would be nice to see more car makers build 200+ mile range EV’s that would be compatible with the Tesla Supercharger network like kdwag says below, and have other car makers help build out even more chargers…

  2. kdawg says:

    I wonder if there will ever be some kind of agreement between Tesla and other car companies to use their chargers? Either an adapter, or Tesla possibly adding SAE charge cords? There would obviously be money exchanged, but if I was GM/Ford, I would be looking into this. GM’s Akerson said they are working on a 200mile BEV. Why not find a way to tie it into Tesla’s charging network? It’s a great selling point.

    1. Foo says:

      You don’t think that’s the plan?

      1. kdawg says:

        I haven’t heard anything about it, if it is.

        1. Huffster says:

          I like how Jack Rickard on EVTV words his prediction on GM using Tesla chargers. “GM is going to have to bow down and kiss the ring.”

          1. That will be a cold day…

            GM has a long distance travel network for their plug-in. It’s called a gas station ;^)

    2. pjs says:

      It won’t happen. It would clog up the system and cause Tesla owners major inconvenience. There are already backups in CA with less than 15K on the road.

  3. Suprise Cat says:

    A single Supercharger 200 km away can barely seen as available everywhere. Yes, you can use it for longer travels, but only if you use exactly that single road. Road is clocked? Sorry, no alternative way for you.

    1. Huffster says:

      One important thing about EV “fueling” that took a while to sink in for me, is that the lions share of charges are done at home while you sleep. Also, while you are parked for extended periods at work. So, you actually want the superchargers 200km away from home for those occasional long trips. I agree with you that they need to eventually be in all directions though.

      1. io says:

        I disagree. Quick refueling is useful for far more than road trips.

        Imagine you start each day with a full (small) tank of gas, but the nearest gas-stations are 200 miles away.

        First, would you feel comfortable with that, or you’d prefer to have maybe just one or two stations closer, “just in case”?

        Say you’ve got to get someone from the airport, drop him/her at home, then drive to work, and back. Or work first, then get the kids from school, significant other from home, to grab dinner at grand-ma’s out of town.
        What now?
        Basically any errand ever so slightly beyond range, unless it’s more or less a straight dash for those remote gas-stations, is problematic.

        More stupidly, one day, bad surprise: you wake up to a mostly-empty tank. The night before, someone simply forgot to put the hose in (or, like I did, messed up the charging timer).

        I’ve been in all those situations. I want, and I’m GLAD to now have, quick-chargers near many of the places and routes I often visit or take.
        The nearest QC is maybe a mile from my home — and yes I’ve used it.

        I have yet to come across a situation where a supercharger, announced or real, would have helped me. It looks great on the map, but they’re actually very sparse.
        That last camping trip? Yes, except that it would still have added some 80 miles of detour…

        1. Huffster says:

          Too bad any announced or current superchargers would not have helped in your situations. But it will work for most people. Tesla is purposely and methodically addressing current aversions that people have against electric cars. In the case of the supercharger network that would be that electric cars can’t go on long trips. We were previously talking about 200km of range, which is about 125 miles of range. I was also thinking about 200 mile range cars from Tesla and GM that should be available in a few short years. So, all those errands should be no problem. When I think of a rare and occasional long distance travel where I’d use a supercharger, it would be on a trip say from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Yes, quick chargers can be of more use than just road trips, but we are still in the infrastructure building phase and thought needs to be put into initial strategic placement.

    2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      No. You can take any route from point A to Supercharger point B that is within range and can access point B. It’s not a slot racing system..

      Yes, it’s a least-cost-to-builder network, but it’s a transit network targeting the most heavily-traveled routes to provide the most utility with the least number of Superchargers. It’s not pretending to serve everybody, just the vast majority of people, the vast majority of the time they need it, which, as Huffster points out should be not very much. And, nowhere does it say “and after 2015, that’s it, no new Superchargers.”

      1. Brian says:

        I think your last point is a great one, and lost on many people. I fully expect Tesla to slow down deployment of superchargers after 2015, but by no means stop. If they are really looking to sell 200k GenIIIs/year, they can’t afford to stop building! It will just be more targetted – hit the areas that are more frequently used.

  4. Bloggin says:

    Nice Job Tesla!

    Tesla Superchargers will become the new Mobile station for freeway travel. Once other manufacturers offer 200+ mile EVs, Tesla will add Combo chargers and allow charging for a price.

    But who should be paying attention are the oil companies. Hybrids take about 1/2 less fuel, plug-in hybrids take about 3/4 less fuel, and EVs take no fuel.

  5. David Murray says:

    If the oil companies haven’t been worried yet.. they should be now.

    1. Cody says:

      Gas companies are not worried; they own the patents to the next generation batteries (now) and are sitting on them until it becomes profitable for them.

  6. Brian says:

    “If we compare that to the other automakers who are currently in the process of installing a free coast-to-coast quick charging infrastructure for their electric vehicle owners to use…umm…wait a second here…there aren’t other automakers doing that, so this comparison becomes moot.”

    What ever became of Nissan’s push to roll out more CHAdeMO stations? There was a media blitz around the same time as the initial supercharger announcements, but ever since it has been silence.

    1. io says:

      The CHAdeMO roll-out has been under way for longer than Tesla’s, with Nissan being just one of many players.
      See http://www.recargo.com/news/infographics/the_rise_of_electric_car_charging/ or http://www.plugshare.com/

      CHAdeMO QCs now appear almost daily, but yes, mostly “in the background”. The media, somewhat understandably, prefers to focus on the less-frequent, easier to track, more sexy Tesla SC openings.

      Their geographical distribution is very different too. Most of the independent CHAdeMO stations operators are for-profit, and therefore seek to first install QCs where they are likely to be used (around populated, EV-friendly areas, or popular routes); not to enable an electric coast-to-coast trip which, while it makes for some great marketing, extremely few people will ever actually take.
      Criticizing one approach because it doesn’t fulfill the goal of the other, like done in the above article, is missing the point completely.

      1. Warren says:

        Short range EV’s like…well… everybody but Tesla, are the ones who really need fast chargers, and the OEM’s are providing…none…just a lot of talk.

        1. io says:

          Just talk huh? Depends on the company.

          CHAdeMO: at least 368 locations in the US, over 3000 worldwide.
          Tesla S: 21 in the US, 27 worldwide.
          CCS-J1772: none officially open (…or is there?); CCS-Mennekes: maybe a couple worldwide.

          Sources: links above, plus http://www.chademo.com/ and http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

          1. Warren says:

            Yes. My Leaf owning friend’s in Virginia, and New York will be thrilled at the news. 🙂

  7. Tesla Fan says:

    you will never need to use a supercharger unless when going on a long trip, its impossible to run out of 200+ or 265+ miles locally

    1. Steven says:

      I disagree. I live in a development where there are no garages, no driveways, and no reserved parking spaces. I’ve checked with my township, and there is no way for me to get an assigned parking space. Nor can I have a power cord of any kind laying across a sidewalk. That’s why I can’t even contemplate having an EV of any kind. So, if there were a Supercharger within a reasonable distance from my home, it would be an option, and in my pattern if local only driving, it would make sense, but only to a person such as myself.

      1. Brian says:

        If you can convince your employer to let you charge at work (maybe paying for the electricity), you could be a candidate for a PHEV. That way, if you change jobs, or take a week off from work, you still have a hybrid to drive around.

        It’s an interim solution, obviously. Using a local Supercharger like a gas station is one possible future scenario. I doubt it would work if they remain free, though.

  8. Warren says:

    Just imagine if one of the OEM’s put the money into a fast charger infrastructure. You wouldn’t need an expensive, heavy, AC charger in your car, and an expensive charge station installed in your garage…or a garage…or a house…sorry, apartment dwellers. 🙂

  9. philba says:

    Those that think Elon will allow non-Teslas to supercharge are just plain dreaming.

    On the “need SCs for local travel” point. That’s just non-sense. I charge my model s at home every day and have yet to run out. The only times I’ve charged locally other than my house were actually to get a good parking spot. No Superchargers are all about long distance travel. The reason why so many chademo EVSEs are needed is because of the Leaf’s (and others’) PATHETIC range. Once 200+ mile range EVs become the norm, local charging with chademo will drop off dramatically. That will be a while, though.

    Finally, I hope no one is holding their breath for 2015 SC buildout. Tesla, while making great progress, really hasn’t kept their schedule at all. Those, it was pretty unrealistic to start with.

    1. kdawg says:

      Tesla is on schedule.

      http://insideevs.com/forbes-defends-teslas-supercharger-honor-and-we-do-too/

      Also, having charging options where cars are parked for an hour or more is still a good thing. If i have a 200 mile range BEV and drive 150 miles, and there’s a charger at my destination, i can charge there, and I don’t have to pull over to a super-charger while i’m en route.

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