Huge Tesla Fremont Factory Supercharger Expansion Revealed

20-Stall Tesla Supercharger Station in Fremont

MAR 16 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 37

A recent building permit reveals a large expansion at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, making for one of the largest Supercharger stations in the world.

Currently, the largest Tesla Supercharger stations are in China, and each contains 50 stalls. Recently, a few of the largest in the U.S. have been built in California, with a total of 40 stalls each. Now, an expansion at Tesla’s Fremont factory moves to parallel or surpass even the largest stations in the world.

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A building permit originally discovered by Electrek via emupilot reveals the automaker’s plans for 40 additional Superchargers at the Fremont site. There has been much talk about employees struggling to find parking and a place to charge, not to mention the customer traffic at the plant’s Tesla store and showroom.

Tesla Fremont factory supercharger expansion permit

Tesla Fremont factory Supercharger expansion permit

The same area in Fremont is now home to a 12-stall station. As you can see from the information on the permit, the automaker is requesting anchorage for 40 more stations. This would put the grand total at a whopping 52 stalls, overtaking the largest stations in California, as well as China. It only makes sense that the company’s most expansive station would be located at its primary manufacturing facility.

Let’s hope that Tesla continues to expand the Supercharger network briskly in areas outside of California, where a growing number of new Model 3 owners will need a place to charge on the road.

Source: Electrek, City of Fremont

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WadeTyhon
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WadeTyhon

Can i call ‘first!’ on the first new article on the first day of the revamped site? 🙂

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

So how many egoboo points does that earn you? Surely a bunch! 🙂

James
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James

Imagine eveyone goes electric and then you have everywhere those giant ugly charger stations

Anon
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Anon

If it reduces the number of Ugly Gasoline & Diesel Stations, I’m all for it.

zzzzzzzzzz
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zzzzzzzzzz

Anon
“If it reduces the number of Ugly Gasoline & Diesel Stations, I’m all for it.”

Gas stations? 52 stalls at theoretical 144 kW per 2 stalls is 3744 kW peak.
Single 10 gal/minute light vehicle pump means 33 kWh/gal * 10 gal/min * 60 min/h = 19800 kWh.

So this big parking lot reduces gas station capacity worldwide by (drum roll sound effect) … 1/50th or 1/20th of a 10 pump station or so, and please feel free to dispute exact number in denominator :/
Go figure..

John
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John

Hahaha! I love it- you epitomize humans’ unbelievable ability to find SOMETHING, anything to b!tch about. Pushing past the massive footprint of gas stations to complain about the unbelievably difficult to find (at times) electric car charging locations.

Some folks complain about the sound on the roof if it was raining gold..

WadeTyhon
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WadeTyhon

Ugly? The Tesla Supercharger stations? Evgo stations are ugly… gas stations are ugly… but Superchargers? I disagree, I rather like their design!

Gasbag
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Gasbag

Where are you that you have ugly charger stations? Here in California most charging stations are rather inconspicuous to a fault. Tesla superstations are a thing of beauty. Contrast that with gasoline stations smelly, grimy, oily, gas stations they are displacing and we have a win win.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Imagine a world in which there are no Tesla haters posting hater comments to the Internet, and beautiful Tesla Superchargers are everywhere.

Ah, bliss! 🙂

ItsNotAboutTheMoney
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ItsNotAboutTheMoney

… powered by monstrous wind turbines, gauche solar panels, and monstrous battery packs.

We can dream.

Nick
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Nick

This is for you deal with crowding at quick charging stations.

Better than scraping free or low cost access.

Thanks!

wavelet
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wavelet

I doubt every Tesla employee can afford a $80K-$100K car, or a $50K Model 3…
Hmmm, I wonder (not a rhetorical question), does Tesla provide charging facilities for non-Tesla BEVs? If they truly believe their own mission statement, they should.
Doesn’t have to be fast DC chargers — Level 2 is fine for workplace charging, and even charging employees for the actual expense to the extent it’s not a deductible business expense would be fine.
Anyone know?

ClarksonCote
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I was wondering if that’s what the parking spots labeled “EV Compact” are for. Good question though.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Hmmm, I wonder (not a rhetorical question), does Tesla provide charging facilities for non-Tesla BEVs?”

Let’s turn that around and…..

Hmmm, I wonder if GM, Nissan, BMW etc… provide charging facilities for Tesla connector EV’s.

ClarksonCote
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ClarksonCote

They do, the standard DCFC and Level 2 chargers allow Teslas to charge. The reverse is not true.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

So you can charge a Tesla at a CCS DCFC?
I think not.

At a Chad port it only works with the adapter.
https://shop.tesla.com/ca/en/product/vehicle-accessories/model-s_x-chademo-adapter.html?sku=1036392-10-D

At an AC L2 J1772 you also need an adapter.

My point is, why ask one manufacturer, Tesla, to support the rest when they developed theirs to accommodate both AC L1/L2 and DCFC in one package well before the other came out with a standard?

ClarksonCote
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ClarksonCote

You can charge a Tesla at a chademo DCFC, and nearly every CCS charger is dual port with Chademo.

Omar Sultan
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Yeah, there are, or at least were L2 chargers in the employee parking lot in Fremont. I had used them a couple of times before the Supercharger was installed. There was an interesting collection of EVs plugged in.

bro1999
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Theoretical question: once this SC site is fully active, what would be the max power draw if all 50 stations were plugged in at the same time? Let’s assume all the Teslas are at a sufficient SOC to allow full charge rates. 50 x ~100 kW = 5 MW! I can only imagine the demand charges for that!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

My question is, can any Tesla owner come and charge or do they have to be an employee?

If they just needed chargers for employees, I would’ve propped up 60 of the cheaper HPWC at 80A.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney
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ItsNotAboutTheMoney

Theoretical max would be 50/2×150kW = 3.75MW.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney
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ItsNotAboutTheMoney

Wait. It says 40 Superchargers and 40 dispensing stations, so probably the 72kW urban type. 12 existing are regular shared. So 12/2x150kW + 40x72kW or 3.78MW.

Tom
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Tom

Is it too stupid to ask why the entire parking lot isn’t covered in solar carports? And put a simple level 2 plug on each post. Not saying they shouldn’t put these superchargers there (customers, visitors, etc) but the double benefit of a shaded car plus power would be a very nice perk. And it would help the mere mortal hourly workers who own such vile things as a Prius Prime.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney
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ItsNotAboutTheMoney

I figure that Tesla’s looking for lower cost per kWh and lower cost per Watt.

Tom
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Tom

OK, but if true then how does Tesla expect others to buy Tesla solar, when Tesla itself believes they are not viable/too expensive.

Tech01x
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Tech01x

They have solar installed in various places. Furthermore, they do have both capital restrictions and logistics issues. They can’t disrupt the operations at Fremont. I suspect when the new parking structures go in they will have the opportunity.

Tom
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Tom

Also…the new design doesn’t eat my browser like the old one. So far so good.

jelloslug
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jelloslug

There will be more plugs at that single location than all the H2 nozzles in the entire US.

Dave
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Dave

Your picture is not from the factory. Those spots are in the new Fremont Service Center parking lot. “Fremont-Kato Road” on https://supercharge.info/. They’ve been sitting unfinished for more than a half a year. As far as the Compact EV spots, “Compact” just means the spots are small. EV means they are reserved for EV vehicles (large or small).