Tesla: Our Superchargers Have Delivered Over 2.1 Million kWh to Model S EVs


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Superchargers Deliver Lots of Juice

“We have surpassed 2.1 million kWh delivered using Superchargers and over 6 million miles charged!”

What can we make of this 2.1 million kWh figure?  Well, we could try to arrive at an average kWh per Model S, but some Tesla owners have still yet to use a Supercharger, while others have no doubt used them dozens or perhaps even hundreds of times, so does calculating that even make sense?  Perhaps…or maybe not.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide what to make of this 2.1 million kWh delivered and 6 million miles charged.

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Sounds like e-Success!!

Happy Holidays to all

I would love to also know how much electricity they have generated from all the solar panels they have installed at various sites.

2.1 Million KWh @ $0.15/KWh, that would be $315K only. Not enough to worry. With over 20,000 model S sold, Assuming only half of them ordered the options (or included in the price) of $2,000 each, it would be a while before Tesla would have to worry about that cost.

10K x $2K = $20Million. Only $315K so far…. Not an issue for a long time…

So are you implying these things were free to install? I feel like that cost is far more important than the electricity they dispense.

The electricity and the installation/maintenance are small beer compared to the cost of the land the Tesla Superchargers sit on. Own it or rent it, in the more densely populated areas it is big bucks and it adds up fast.

Fortunately Tesla does not have to buy the land or pave it. They find business owners willing to have the Superchargers installed on their property.


It’d depend on the site. Savannah, GA airport will cost Tesla $600/mo. 250 sites like that would be $150k or 75 sales per month to pay the rent. Since they’re generally between major cities the rent generally shouldn’t be high and I suspect some companies will be happy to give up the distant parking slots at cost in the hope of the extra business over the next 5 years.

As far as first cost is concerned, I’ve noticed the later installations usually do not have solar panels or batteries (at least from the description of them in these articles). That shows Tesla is currently trying to minimize first cost and maybe later will try to mitigate demand with either some batteries, or else some solar cells. But right at the moment, to the extent they charge vehicles during the daytime peak, they are to that extent ‘grid hating’ as opposed to most EV’s which charge after night and therefore very ‘Grid Friendly”.

Another way to look at it is to assume 3 miles per kWh to get ~6 million miles. Tesla has said that the Model S has accumulated 100 million miles.

Even if we assume that it’ll go up to 10% as superchargers become more ubiquitous, that’s still a pretty small lifetime overhead. Say a Model S lasts 250k miles, does 25k miles on superchargers, needs 8k kWh, and you get <$1000 electricity cost.

It will more likely last 500k miles and possibly another 250k after that with minimal maintenance. The 85kw battery pack is warrantied for unlimited miles for a reason.

We get it, but I love all the ways people will scratch their heads over Tesla’s free fuel commitment only to realize electricity is really cheap. That’s the message delivered.

Solar City gets into 3rd party agreements, where they retain watts in cases where panel installs produce more than needed. That surplus could supply a power pool where superchargers are drawing from. The ISO would see Musk on both sides, effectively. Power passes through transmission and distribution, where he pays a toll, but there is room for synergy if his plans include getting savvy with local electricity markets, where he is both a buyer and a seller.

More Teslas on Superchargers means less need for a gas engine for road trip, this is a badass way going green!