Tesla Model S Superchargers Offset 500,000 Gallons of Gas


Aurora Supercharger

Aurora Supercharger

“#WattsUp: Tesla Superchargers have offset more than 500,000 gallons of gas.”

That’s a whole heck of a lot of offset gas now ain’t it?

Tesla Motors lists 84 Superchargers in the US, a number that has been growing steadily, but slowly over the last month or two.

Meanwhile, over in Europe, the Supercharger count still stands at 14.  It’s been stuck on that number for several months now.

Of note is that Tesla Motors now seems to prefer the “mobile” Supercharger unit like the one shown here of the Aurora, Illinois Supercharger.  These units are cheaper and easily movable if need be.  The mobile units can be hoisted up by a fork lift.  We don’t consider these to be permanent installs, meaning some will be moved to nearby sites in the near future.

Furthermore, these mobile units can be installed more quickly and likely with less regulatory hurdles to jump over.  Perhaps that’s why Tesla now opts for “mobile” Superchargers more often than not.

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teslawiki.net/supercharger is finally showing some update in Europe. According to that one there have just been super charger constructions added in Europe, one in Germany and one in Denmark.
I hope this is the start of a massive roll-out.

These 500,000 gallons look like an understatement.

Compares to each of about 25,000 Teslas ever produced just fueling once of a 20 gallon equivalent.

You obviously mean the Model S, but don’t forget the Roadster!

The Roadster can’t charge at the super chargers so it’s not forgotten, it’s just irrelevant.

20 gallons. That’s about 75 liters or 1500 km of driving. 0,25 kWh/km makes is about 375 kWh charged at a super charger per car.

If we assume the 85 kWh version charging to 80% then it’s 5,5 “full” chargers per car at a super charger.

That sounds pretty reasonable to me and it also shows how rarely we need to go that far so we have to charge on the road when having a big battery and the possibility to always charge at home.

Your numbers are off. 75 liters for 1500 km implies almost 50 mpg, while mid size US fleet on average is 20 mpg, and Tesla S is a big car.

You have a point, those numbers are for the European market. And since a huge majority of super chargers are in the US and most Teslas have been sold there then it’s not a valid calculation.
What was I thinking 😛

An interesting viewpoint is also that the number of gallons of gas used by all Tesla employees driving to work over the last 11 years of operation is well over 500,000 gallons 🙂

Of course there is the longevity aspect but the amount of gas also going into the construction of the SC parts, electric components (transformers and so on) plus gas and diesel used by the teams installing the chargers, driving around the country, and all that easily 1/4 of that number as well.

What could help future sales is a free CHAdeMO cable is given with Model E to take advantage of supplemental fast-charge networks. In fact, offer the Model E without supercharger features for a lower amount and offer both J-1772 and CHAdeMO inclusive to attract buyers.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

I’d rather they front-mount region-common charging sockets behind a flip-open ‘grille’ in addition to their own connector, even if it was optional.


Unfortunately, that would mean routing of extra high power cabling.

And Tesla is clearly following the KISS principle with regards to vehicle wiring: Keep It Single Socket. 😉

Outside the vehicle, anything goes for adapters and protocol converters.