Tesla Now Operates Over 12,000 Superchargers At 1,400 Stations

JAN 30 2019 BY MARK KANE 14

Tesla installed about 3,500 new Superchargers last year

The Tesla Supercharging network recently reached 1,422 stations and 12,001 Superchargers, according to Tesla‘s official website.

The more detailed stats from supercharge.info for the beginning of the year reveals the pace of growth of this largest DC fast charging network – the number of stations increased by around 28% year-over-year, while the number of Superchargers (stalls) increased by 40% from around 8,500.

It’s clearly seen that Tesla increases not only the number of stations, but the number of Superchargers per station (both on new and old stations). The other changes are installations of lower-power Urban Superchargers (around 72 kW compared to standard 120 kW). In Europe, the company is retrofitting its stations with CCS-compatible plugs for the Tesla Model 3.

The biggest stations are:

  • 50 stalls (three in China)
  • 40 stalls (five in the U.S.)

Almost half of the Supercharging stations are in North America, which also experienced the fastest growth. Soon the growth should improve also in Europe, as a natural consequence of the Model 3 introduction.

As of the early January, 2019 – 1,424 (supercharge.info data):

  • North America – 670 (47% of all) and growth of 34% year-over-year
  • Europe & Middle East – 432 (30% of all) and growth of 15% year-over-year
  • Asia-Pacific – 252 (23% of all) and growth of 31% year-over-year

The general pace of expansion did not change much (at least in case of the number of stations).

One of the biggest changes in the Tesla Supercharging network is the transformation to paid service (no referral promotion and free 400 kWh per year for new S/X cars), and attempts to increase prices, which recently were rolled back.

So far, Tesla didn’t announce any details of the awaited upgrade of the network to a higher power level.

Tesla Supercharging network in North America

Tesla Supercharging network in Europe & Middle East

Tesla Supercharging network in Asia-Pacific

Source: Tesla, supercharge.info

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14 Comments on "Tesla Now Operates Over 12,000 Superchargers At 1,400 Stations"

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Please finish one between Little Rock and Oklahoma City on I40

Hurumph! I travel I40 east to west and have been watching this hole. I know this is the less popular route than traveling south through Texas.

And the ones in Montana. There’s a large gap between the one in Lethbridge in Canada and the first one in the US. An 8 hour drive becomes a two day epic because of it.

The Supercharging network is the game changer for Tesla. The media has no understanding of it, the media has no grasp of how it works, they merely look at EV’s like they’re one manufacturer’s car vs. another. They have no idea regarding the big picture or understanding on how brilliant a move it is by Tesla to canvass the United States and Europe with a Supercharging network.

What’s also lost on the media is the fact that Tesla vehicles can use more chargers than any other different manufacturers’ EVs. It’s a big deal. Folks that spend a pretty penny on EV over ICE wanna be able to use ’em for road trips and long distance travel.

Eager to hear the speeds of V3 SC’s, if they’re 2-3 times faster (I doubt they are) you don’t need as many superchargers…

Here is the question Tesla’s competitors need to ask themselves:

How much better does their EV need to be above Tesla’s EV to make up for not having access to a robust convenient and reliable fast charge network for those occasional long distance drives? Will consumers accept explanation Electrify America is also building that… eventually?

Like it or not, Tesla’s competitors need to realize that to compete against Tesla making an EV as good as Tesla’s is not good enough for most consumers. Access to a fast charge network is what frees an EV to be an uncompromising ICE substitute.

It is their ace in the hole along with making the best evs. It does put a crimp into the efforts of others and also puts a bind in their shorts.
I doubt if we will see any 50 stall stations from EA, no matter how many years they have, 10, to complete it.
Though the more “working” stations the better.

For the majority of their competitors, if people want an occasional long distance driver then they’ll just buy an ICE/PHEV. Outside of some market share loss for the premium manufacturers Tesla is not going to make a huge difference to most companies, just because of their size – they don’t have the manufacturing capability, the price points or the range of vehicles. That will change over time, but it’ll be a decade before they can really challenge most other manufacturers.

Teslas do currently have an advantage with the supercharger network, but it still pales in comparison with they gas network it’s really competing with right now. This will change though, but it’ll just take time – Electrify America and the several other networks will make sure of it.

@Andy said: “Tesla is not going to make a huge difference to most companies… they [Tesla] don’t have the manufacturing capability, the price points or the range of vehicles… it’ll be a decade before they can really challenge most other manufacturers…”

Here is the thing…

Yes Tesla’s today volume production as a percentage of total global car production is a very small fraction but…

Tesla has proven it does have the manufacturing capability, price points, and the range of vehicles to *today* be the dominant EV maker and will likely continue to be so for next 3 years minimum.

The rising consensus is that all-electric is the future of automotive and planning for all-electric models with volume production requires long lead-time and massive investment spend. Consequently most car companies are today being forced to accelerate and improve their EV development plans to respond to Tesla’s dominating EV market share… which literally continues to grow daily.

It is no exaggeration to say Tesla has impacted the product planning of nearly all car makers… so I’d say Tesla is making a huge difference to most car companies.

Doesn’t matter if your EV only goes 150 to 175 miles per charge. If you can re-charge it in 10 to 15 minutes and then your inconvenience is minor. It is the network more than the vehicle. Tesla seems to have both the network and the vehicles.

Motivation matters enormously. Tesla’s mission “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport” motivates Tesla to deploy the most compelling fast-charging network, one that is highly useful to its BEV drivers.

Contrast that with VW’s EA. EA is a compliance network. EA’s #1 priority is to satisfy the court mandate, and lawyers and government, with the last word on whether EA complies, always always deprioritize practical utility for the end user. Remember how “compliance EVs” meet the rules just barely but by design their utility is limited to pose no threat to its makers’ revenue? VW has every financial motivation to have EA fulfill the court mandate as slowly as possible. Sad to say it but I don’t expect EA to catch up to Tesla’s Supercharger network for many many years.

that USED to be true.
VW sees the writing on the wall and knows that they are losing on ICE.
Last year, Porsche and Audi did HORRIBLE in America against Tesla.
The only cars that sold a little were the cheap VWs. That is not where M3 competes.
BUT, tesla will have out their MY shortly, and likely at the same time, with 35K M3.
I suspect that this will eat into even the low-end VWs as well.
More importantly, VW KNOWS this and is finally installing their network.

“Used to be true”? Then put up or shut up: show evidence that these facts have changed:
1. Government, courts, and lawyers have the final say on whether VW (via EA) is deemed compliant. That’s EA’s ultimate master, not market competition.
2. Lawyers do not put pragmatism or utility for the end user as their #1 priority.
3. Courts do not put pragmatism or utility for the end user as their #1 priority.
4. VW to date makes the majority of its revenue off of vehicles with an ICE.
5. Without a substantial revenue source, VW would die. Even VW’s CEO warned, “Such an industry can crash faster than many believe.”

Yes the need to establish a foothold in the BEV market is clear, but VW’s obligations to 1+2+3 and 4+5 are not just a hinderance to that idea but unignorable and, in the case of 1+2+3, take precedence.

We need couple on US 50 thru Nevada…