Tesla Celebrates Opening of Supercharger #50 in US

JAN 2 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 18

Tesla has achieved a notable milestone in terms of Supercharger installs in the US: 50.

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That’s right.  There are now 50 operational Supercharger sites in the US.

Per Tesla:

“We’re excited to announce our Murdo, SD Supercharger is now open, making a total of 50 in North America!”

“We can’t wait for 2014 as we continue growing the #Supercharger network as quickly as possible!”

How many Superchargers do you think will be online by the end of 2014?  100?  200?

Supercharger #50 in Murdo, South Dakota

Supercharger #50 in Murdo, South Dakota

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Looks like Elon only needs two more SuperChargers (northern Arizona and southeast Ohio) to make his cross-country journey.

He’s going to need much more than that. Two superchargers can overlap with their range, but that does not mean you can drive from one to the other. For example, the Worthington, MN supercharger is 303 miles from the Mauston, WI supercharger. Drawing the range from each of about 200 miles shows an overlap, but you can’t drive between them without filling up. Additionally, in the north you have cold to contend with which shortens the range, and in the southwest you have mountains. You need a minimum of 150 miles of space to account for real-world conditions.

Actually, if you look at the route maps for his trip and the list of under construction SCs, you will see that all of his route is either complete or nearly complete with one exception. The only one that hasn’t been confirmed as under construction is the “Cranberry Township, PA” charger. There have been unofficial confirmations of that by Tesla employees. This URL is the best way to track the progress http://www.teslawiki.net/supercharger/

Your Worthington to Mauston example actually has 2 SCs under construction – Albert Lea, MN and Onalaska, WI. Both confirmed by people that have visited the sites.

For the couple of spots where the between-charger gap is closer to 400 miles than to 200 miles, they can schedule an overnight stop as long as there’s some L2 charger to be found there.

Unfortunately, more often than not these locations tend to be in the middle of nowhere 🙂

I doubt Elon will attempt the trip in the middle of the winter. Therefore, at 303 miles, he actually could do the Worthington to Mauston trip. Their calculator estimates that on a nice day, driving 55mph, you can drive 306 miles. Drop it to 50mph and you can have a nice buffer. Keep in mind that there aren’t any mountains between Worthington and Mauston.

I may be being a little pedantic, but it’s not hard to make the trip. It would certainly make it more convenient to have more chargers though, I agree with that.

It’s interesting to note that Murdo SD has a Pioneer Auto Museum a three blocks away on the same street.

Let’s put some sc focus on Europe now:-)

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

There’s probably more charging stalls in SD then there are Teslas 🙂

Still, it fills in a blank spot quite nicely.. Good on Tesla! Now to open that SC to fill the Georgia I-95 gap..

You would think that they would build more in Norway soon. The capacity is almost full. There have been reports of stalls being full and people having to wait to charge and more and more cars are being bought and delivered for every month.
Then a few chargers in Sweden, Denmark and northern Germany would be nice to connect Norway with the rest of Europe (and vice versa). We all know Germany will get a lot of chargers soon, Tesla have made that clear.

I’m thinking 150+ in the US after 2014 (almost 10 a month) and hopefully over a hundred in europe even though I’m not sure it will reach those figures.

75. in the continental U.S. by the end of 2014 and 125 total everywhere else for 200 total worldwide.
So Spring starts March 21st so no problem with cold related range if the trip starts in March, which is my guess. Probably one coming in Mn near Albert Lea, which is at the intersection of
I94 a major east-west route and I35 the major north-south route in the midwest.

Just a couple of weeks ago I was looking at the gap filled by the Murdo SC and wrote in a post that I figured that Tesla might set one up close to the auto Museum. Turns out I was wrong and a couple days later http://www.teslawiki.net showed a SC under construction at the above location. To my surprise, it came up as complete a day or two ago so, I suspect construction was almost complete when it got added over at Teslawiki.

Can someone explain the logic of setting SCs up in the parking lot of a places where you can overnight as opposed to places where one would spend a couple of hours at most? It seems counterintuitive to me to set them up in locations where people can plug the car in to charge and go to bed. How many people are going to set up the car to phone them when it’s fully charged so that they can free up the charging stall, if that’s even possible?

Meanwhile Nissan sleeps, afraid to risk funds.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

To be fair, they’d have to build an awful lot more of them and triple or quadruple their power output to compete. Leaf is intentionally a city car, since it doesn’t have the battery to be a proper intercity car like Tesla. I think 40kWh usable is the minimum for an intercity car.

For insurance, as a minimum, I would like to see it go 150 miles at freeway speed (65 mph), not 55 mph. if that’s 400 Wh/Kg, that’s fine. I’m thinking perhaps that for an energy density plus a lighter car. I like the fact the BMW i3 weights about 2700 lbs., or about 500bs less than the Leaf. and you can do a lot with lightness.

You can’t think of it as simply the most logical for supercharger placement. In regards to Islandboys comment as to location.
There are other factors such as availability and perhaps the aforesaid sleep inn, gave Tesla a deal. Also not to hurt SD feelings but for Tesla it is like the oft referred to fly-over country, which is a common appellative applied to the midwest, so for Tesla it is simply drive-by country,
and people need to sleep too. which have inns or motels nearby.
I don’t think you will have to worry about the chargers being full as Dr. Kenneth Noisewater stated earlier, there are probably more charging stations in SD than there are Tesla owners.
I also agree with his comment on the Leaf which in essence is a city car, while the Tesla was designed to be an all around vehicle. One which can be driven across country.

Oh sorry that was SC not SD, though I think the logic still applies.

Go Tesla Go!