100 Tesla Superchargers – By The Numbers

APR 30 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 23

Tesla Supercharger #100 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Tesla Supercharger #100 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Tesla Supercharger #100 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Tesla Supercharger #100 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey

With the celebratory ribbon-cutting opening of Tesla’s 100th Supercharger in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, the automaker released some Supercharger-specific figures worth reposting here.

SUPERCHARGERS BY THE NUMBERS (SO FAR)

  • Gallons of gas offset by Superchargers: 570,921
  • Dollars saved in collective fuel costs: 2.3 million*
  • Miles charged: 14,273,033, enough to circle the globe 573 times
  • Cumulative total energy delivered to date: 4.9 million kWh
  • Cars charged in the last seven days: 5,196
  • Factor by which a Supercharger charges a Model S faster than at a public charging station: 16

What strikes us is that 5,196 Model S EVs were charged in the 7 days prior to the opening of the 100th Supercharger.  That’s, on average, 742 per day, which seems to prove the popularity of the Supercharger network.

Which of the ‘by the numbers” are a surprise to you?

Celebrating #100

Celebrating #100

Full press release on 100th Supercharger opening below:

This morning in Hamilton, New Jersey, we cut the ribbon on our 100th Supercharger station. A crowd of more than 100 people, including New Jersey state legislators, Tesla executives, and supporters, marked the milestone moment in the sunshine at the location next to a popular shopping center.

“What a great turn out!”, New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace told the crowd of more than 100 people. “We are zealots for electric cars, and we welcome and thank you for being here.”

James Chen, Tesla’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, said that electric vehicles and Superchargers are about alleviating the world’s addiction to oil. “What we are really doing here today is getting to our core mission of catalyzing the electric vehicle industry,” Chen said.

At a Supercharger, a Model S can get half a charge in as little as 20 minutes, allowing for long-distance travel without having to pay a cent for gas (or, now that we mention it, electricity). By charging only at Superchargers, Model S owners can drive for free, forever.

Tesla has now opened 86 Supercharger stations in North America, 14 in Europe, and we energized the first ones in China just this week. These numbers are growing rapidly as we fill out electric highways around the world. Model S owners can find directions to Superchargers on their cars’ 17-inch touchscreens. Meanwhile, we’re building a network that will ultimately mean drivers will never be more than 100 miles from a Supercharger. By the end of next year, we’ll have 98 percent of the U.S. population covered.

The network is already robust enough to support long-distance drives on the most popular routes across America, whether it be a cross country trip from Los Angeles to New York, an East Coast jaunt from Rhode Island to the southern tip of Florida, or an epic 12,000-mile journey to every corner of the United States.

Of course, number 100 is just the start for Tesla. We’re rolling out new Superchargers as fast as we can, which for Model S owners means that gas stops are fast becoming a fading memory with every passing day.

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I am wondering if anybody did an actual count on the superchargers and not the open supercharger locations. The number would be interesting to see.

The number of charges is surprising to me. Mainly because these chargers are typically used only for long distance travel and not for daily commuting.

I’m sure a lot of local Tesla owners use it anyway, even with home charging availability. It’s the “show it off”…”I own a Tesla” factor. I’d do the same.

What about it surprised you? What have they sold… like 35000 cars…

That’s almost 1/50 charging at a super charger per day so that would be like 6 chargers per car per year on average (assuming that week was a an average week)

I’m more surprised by the low number of charges. 😉

The total mileage is less than 10% of total Model S miles, which is up near 200M now.

Even if you look at just the last week and extrapolate, it’s maybe 1800 supercharged miles per year per car. I think it makes sense for nearly all that to be long distance trips.

What surprises me is that Tesla does not disclose what percentage of the delivered energy was renewable. I was expecting solar canopies on the supercharger stations by now even as a symbolic gesture or to at least keep the cars in the shade while charging.

I used a SC yesterday for the first time and was surprised to see it charging at 325 amps! Seems a bit insane to me.

A mere trickle 😉

It makes the whole CHAdeMO vs CSS debate look ridiculous and petty.

Trickle, okay. If you say so. I did that Don Cheadle thing from Ocean’s eleven when he sets off that nuke trigger thing when I saw the amps ramping up.

I was joking. The winky smiley face was supposed to hint that.

I got it but it seems like at that rate Tesla is damn near trying to start a battery fire. Reminds me of the Boeing battery fires. ‘m sure the car controls the temperature fine but why do they need to cut it so close?

I think in the next two years the Superchargers are going to be crippled with run away demand to were they will all be packed to the gills.

Tesla might need to enlarge several of them or build several more around existing ones to take the pressure off of them. The reason for this is that once the giga factory gets going and the model E comes out the stations will be flooded with traffic.

Yup.

Notice that Tesla specifically talks about how the Model S can charge for free for life. They don’t ever say that all Teslas can charge for free for life. Today those are the same thing, but extrapolating that out to the high volume Model E is dangerous.

Elon Musk has stated more than once on direct questions that the Model E will have free charging for life too.
The whole idea of it is that all Teslas will be able to use the super chargers.

But in most places there is plenty of room to put super chargers. The difference is just that a place like Norway won’t have 6 super chargers like today, the might rather have 500 or 1000.

Here there is about one gas station per 1000 cars on the road. It wouldn’t be that hard for Tesla to keep that ratio.
And since they have so much information like real time charging and information from the navigation they will probably easily add super chargers where needed and also communicate real time “traffic information” so that you can skip a full super charger if you don’t need to charge until the next one on your route.

Yes, I think that would break Tesla’s heart all to little, tiny pieces.

On the other hand if they could deploy a hundred stations! with multiple plugs each in less than two years, imagine how many more there will be by the time the first Model E hits the roads.

You can slide the slider on their webpage to 2015 to get an idea. But I don’t think a Gen3 will hit the road till end of 2016/2017.

Let’s by then there’s 5x as many Teslas and 2.5x as many stations, so 2x the cars per station as now.

That’s still only 100 charges per week, per station. So maybe 3 per stall per day.

I think that’s doable with minimal waiting.

Tesla isn’t going to need 100,000 stations like gasoline does. Most charging is done at home, so we may be looking at ~10 half-hour supercharges per year per car, and if each stall is used a mere 500 hours per year, then you can use the $2k charge from 100 cars to fund it. That’s plenty for construction and 20 years of electricity.

I read “Cars charged in the last seven days: 5,196” as Number of charging sessions in the last 7 days. This is a low number. 5196/700=7.4 charging sessions per site per day. This correlates with many people on long trips with multiple supercharger visits never seeing another car charging at the same time, or maybe one car showing up when they are leaving. Obviously the top sites are much busier than that and usage is much higher on weekends.

I charged at Port st. Lucie on the way down to west palm and no one was there, I then stopped there again on the way back and one other Model S was there. This was about 6 pm.

“Which of the ‘by the numbers” are a surprise to you?”
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I was surprised by the nice paint job in the parking spots. Is this something new?

Has tesla given a figure on how much is solar, and how much of the purchased power is renewable. Are they planning to make all of these renewable? I am just curious. It appears many teslas are making trips, and not that many superchargers (maybe 300) are needed to blanket the counry.