Tesla Supercharger Count Now At 2,800 Points


Tesla Model S' Supercharging

Tesla Model S’ Supercharging

Remember when Tesla’s superchargers totaled about 6 back in the early days? Well, now there are just a hair under 2,800 charging points at Tesla superchargers worldwide!

So, it’s safe to state that Tesla has been putting its foot down on building these Superchargers stations. Not just in the US, but globally too.

The graphs don’t lie:

Graph credit: supercharge.info

Graph credit: supercharge.info

Neither does Tesla’s website:

Whoa… That's a lot of superchargers...

Whoa… That’s a lot of superchargers…

The Supercharger stations are the home to Supercharger units (each location holds varying numbers of Supercharge points).

When Tesla started building these Superchargers, most were 90 kW units.  That figure is now at 135 kW for the majority of the newer Superchargers.

How many stations and total Superchargers do you think there will be by the end of 2016?

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78 responses to "Tesla Supercharger Count Now At 2,800 Points"
  1. Speculawyer says:

    They’ve realized that this will be one of their biggest advantages over any other company that tries to sell a pure EV. So they’ve doubled-down on Superchargers.

    1. John Hansen says:

      Yeah, they’re smart. Their short-term plan for being king of EVs was to have a 265 mile range EV. They know that eventually another car company will match that (though it STILL hasn’t happened). When other car companies start competing on range, then Tesla will be competing against more established manufacturers that have the advantage of long-term reputation and brand loyalty, so they needed another selling point. Having the ONLY viable charging network is quite a big selling point. By the time the other car manufacturers can match it, Tesla will be an established manufacturer. Good going Tesla!

  2. Three Electrics says:

    European hydrogen networks are expanding as well. These two fellows recently clocked over 2,200 kilometers in 24 hours in an FCEV: http://m.automotive-fleet.com/news/258047/hyundai-fuel-cell-vehicle-clocks-record-trip-in-germany

    Their current trip merely bounced between two stations. More impressive was their trip between Oslo and Monaco.

    1. Tut says:

      you can not add hydrogen at home

      1. Nonda Trimis says:

        +1 – FCEV – sheesh -not even in the stratosphere for availability in the scale of the Tesla superchargers for at least another 10 years.. What is that comment doing in this string?

        1. Dave says:

          I believe that is what you call a “lurker who wants attention for his cause”

      2. Mikael says:

        Which is why all fuel-cell EVs should have a plug too.

        If you have the electric motors and the batteries already in a car it makes no sense to not be able to charge them (at home) from electricity.

        1. Pedro says:

          Absolutely. At least the Fuel Cell cars projected by Volkswagen will have a plug.

        2. Dave says:

          I believe the Toyota Mirai has a plug socket in the trunk, so you can charge up the battery without dealing with all that hydrogen B.S.. It is probably not a fast charger though.

          1. Mikael says:

            Nope. It has an outlet but you can’t charge through it. It’s only available to get use the car as a generator to get electricity (for construction site power tools, when you’re camping or if there is a black-out etc.)

            The Mirai would make a lot more sense if you could charge it, but you cant.

    2. RexxSee says:

      I don’t give a damn!

      1. Nonda Trimis says:

        Nor do I… It perplexes me to no end how the fuel cell advocates turn a blind eye to real story.
        With BEVs ,the rapidly dropping cost of Photovoltaics, and the availability of home storage systems, we are on the threshold of energy independence with sources from which we run our cars and homes from our rooftops.

        Do you fuel cell advocates not see this technology as just another way that we will have to get fuel from large corporations and will be beholden to their pricing whims?

        1. jelloslug says:

          I’m having a solar company come out to do a roof annalists this week on my house.

        2. jmollard says:

          Energy independence, that’s exactly why Toyota and others choose to turn a blind eye. The car and oil industries are incestuous. How is hydrogen mostly supplied? Hydrocarbons of course. We can’t have cars going around that have no need for fuel stations…

          1. RexxSee says:


    3. ffbj says:

      Oh please, does your temerity know no bounds?

      1. Nonda Trimis says:

        so they say – ha ha

    4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “More impressive was their trip…”

      Why, were they driving backwards? Or on two wheels? Maybe blindfolded?

      A fool cell car managing to do the same thing that any gasmobile or a plug-in EV does routinely does not qualify for “impressive”. The only thing that’s “impressive” regarding fool cell vehicles is how much money a few auto makers have been willing to throw away on a dead-end technology.

    5. Illuminati says:

      Meanwhile California spends $100 million to build hydrogen charging stations for the benefit of Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai, all non-american companies. Tesla built its network of Superchargers with his own money.

      And buyers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles also receive the $7500 subsidies.

      In addition to all of these grants, you should know that manufacturers of hydrogen vehicles receive 9 ZED credits, while Tesla actually receive 0 ZED credit per car. The value of a ZEV credit varies between $ 4,000 and $ 5,000.

      Finally, California’s purchase rebate for hydrogen cars is double ($5000) that provided to any battery-electric vehicle ($2500).

      Currently, the majority of hydrogen (~95%) is produced from fossil fuels by steam reforming or partial oxidation of methane and coal gasification. The Big Oil companies absolutely love the dependence that a hydrogen economy would bring.

      The actual hydrogen price is $5 per kilogram.
      Tesla’s Superchargers are free… for life.

      The gluttons are those who have chosen the path of hydrogen.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know if the Model 3 will be SC capable?

    1. RexxSee says:

      Of course it will use the “old” supercharger network, while the new high end new Models will use ludicrous chargers 😉

      1. John Hansen says:

        0-60kWH in 2.8 seconds? 🙂

        1. I’d settle for 0-60kWh in 2.8 minutes!

          1. kdawg says:

            They have that. It’s called battery swap. 😀

            1. Steven says:


              1. kdawg says:

                They = Tesla. There is one battery swap station that I know of. It doesn’t get used very much, from what I read. Might be going bye-bye.


    2. Ryan says:

      This is their single greatest advantage over all the other “affordable” 200 mile EVs from other manufacturers… of course the Model 3 will be Supercharger compatible.

      200 mile range offerings from other manufacturers will STILL not be able to drive from metro area to metro area across the country.

      1. Illuminati says:

        And their over-the-air updates.

    3. ffbj says:

      My guess it will be like a 10k option. The price of the car base is estimated at 35k, so for sc access, that would be 45k plus option it out to 50k+.

      1. And then the Model 3 buyers will hug the SuperChargers near their home all day long, because they want to have their return of investment.

        1. ffbj says:

          No one would select such an expensive option.
          It’s punitive pricing to prevent or dissuade Model III owners from using the sc network, so as not to choke it. Though 10k is probably far too high as others have pointed out.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            ffbj said:

            “No one would select such an expensive option.”

            True; so why did you suggest it would be $10k?

            “It’s punitive pricing to prevent or dissuade Model III owners from using the sc network, so as not to choke it. Though 10k is probably far too high as others have pointed out.”

            Clearly you don’t understand that the purpose of the SuperCharger network is to promote sales of Tesla cars. If Tesla prices the option out of the market, then it doesn’t help sales at all.

            More likely is the possibility that Tesla will move to a pay-per-use or a monthly subscription for Model III owners using the SuperCharger network. It makes sense to have unlimited lifetime use as a premium option exclusively for their premium cars such as the Model S and X. Moving down-market to the Model ≡, there’s less motive for Tesla to make that premium option available.

            The unlimited use Supercharger option for the Model S, in the past when it was an option and not standard equipment, was priced at $2000. I just don’t see Tesla increasing the price to $10k, regardless. $5k, which you suggested a bit later, is at least a bit less unrealistic, but I still don’t see Tesla doing that.

            1. kdawg says:

              I don’t see why they wouldn’t just stick w/the $2000 for life option. I don’t think Tesla wants to get into a monthly subscription type service. That really would go against his mantra of “drive for free on sunshine forever”.

              1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

                I certainly agree that Tesla very probably does not want to get into the monthly subscription business.

                Does the $2000 price actually cover the cost of building the Supercharger network and providing “unlimited free for life” use of Superchargers? Well, I read one article on Seeking Alpha which claimed it does. But I’ve learned not to trust much of what’s posted there. If Tesla wasn’t losing money on the Supercharger network, then why would Musk have Tweeted a complaint about Model S owners using them for local supercharging, and why would he have stated he was going to send a letter out reminding Model S owners that Superchargers are only for long distance driving… something never stated in any previous promotion?

                I think the Supercharger network acts as a retail “loss leader” for Tesla Motors. I think it has been a brilliant marketing tool; the idea that you can recharge relatively quickly nationwide certainly has eased range anxiety for the Model S, and the extensive media coverage of the buildout of the Supercharger network certainly has given Tesla a lot of free publicity.

                But a retail loss leader on the Model S, which has earned Tesla an average of 25% gross profit, is going to be less affordable for the Model ≡, for which Tesla aims at making a 15% gross profit.

                So, kdawg, if Tesla does stay with “unlimited free for life” use of the Supercharger network for the Model ≡, then I think we should expect Tesla to raise the price on that.

                Now, all this is (hopefully informed) opinion; not fact. I could be wrong. But my best guess is that Tesla will in some manner move away from “unlimited free use for life” for Model ≡ use of the Supercharger network. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll institute a monthly subscription fee, but I expect them to either limit it in some way or else significantly raise the up-front price.

            2. ffbj says:

              There is some speculation that there will be a usage fee or a subscription model. I still think that they don’t want to see thousands of Model III clogging up the sc network.

              Recently they have been talking down and sending e-mails to current owners shaming them on using the sc network, near their homes as daily chargers.

              So yeah 10k was silly, but I stand by my conjecture that their aim is to dissuade Model III future owners from using the network, thus the punitive pricing.
              Just speculation from everyone at this point.

      2. Rick Danger says:

        $10k option huh? I really don’t see that. But at least you used numerical values so we can come back later and show you how wrong you were.

        1. ffbj says:

          I just through that out there as a number, to point out it would not be free. 5k might be actually closer to the final number.
          Oh I get you using my words against me.

          1. Chris O says:

            Just calling you out on some baseless and nonsensical speculation.

            1. ffbj says:

              Don’t forget unpopular.

      3. Doug (dhanson865) says:

        If supercharger on the Model 3 is over $3,000 I’ll eat my hat.

        (I’ll have to figure out how to 3D print a food grade hat but I suppose that’s doable).

    4. Someone out there says:

      Tesla would be pretty stupid if they didn’t, supercharging is probably the most valuable asset of Tesla’s. That said, I hope the 3’s will have to pay per charge. As I understand it there are already long queues at some supercharger stations. When people are offered something all-you-can-eat they make sure to use it. Why wouldn’t they, they’ve paid for it?!
      Now imagine the chaos if 500,000 3’s per year also get to charge for a flat fee, it would completely bog down the network! A much better solution is to have a per-kWh charge that is just over the cost of charging at home. Low enough so it doesn’t hurt when you have to use it on road trips but high enough so that you rather charge at home for your daily usage.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Indeed. Thank you for explaining that so clearly.

      2. kdawg says:

        If people that buy the Model 3, and pay the same $2000 that people who bought the Model S did, why would one have precedence over the other?

        If 500,000 people buy Model 3s, that would be another $1 billion to invest in more Superchargers. At $150K/supercharger, that is another 6,666 Superchargers, roughly 30 times what is out there today in the US, or 15 times what is currently in the world.

        1. Fool Cells says:

          This! Tesla would be stupid to charge more for Model 3 owners. As a $2000 option it is a no brainer and will give Tesla a ton of money to expand their Supercharging infrastructure.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            Both you and kdawg seem to believe that $2000 per car actually covers Tesla’s cost for building out and powering the Supercharger network. But if it’s a retail loss leader, if Tesla spends more money on building, maintaining, and powering the network, then Tesla won’t be able to afford to keep the same price structure, if — as they plan — they start selling ten times as many Model ≡’s as they ever sold Model S’s.

            The thinner profit margin on the Model ≡ (as compared to the Model S) is another reason that a mere $2000 for “unlimited free use for life” will probably be something Tesla can’t afford.

        2. Someone out there says:

          Obviously if you have to pay per charge the supercharger access would be much cheaper than the $2000.

          1. kdawg says:

            That’s one reason I don’t think they will go that route. Tesla likes to make $ on their expensive options. The other reason is that they have been preaching “charge free for life” for so long, I can’t see them changing direction on this.

            We’ll find out hopefully sometime in 2017…

        3. JakeY says:

          I have the same idea also. If they charge the same amount for both cars (either explicitly as separate option or included in price) such that it is enough to support that vehicle on the network (it might be $2k, more, or less), why should Model S get precedence over Model 3? I never understood that perspective.

  4. Tyl says:

    Once Tesla has completed the 2016 supercharger map it will back fill areas that need a supercharger. As Tesla automobiles proliferate there will be more and more superchargers as needed. Once the model 3 is on the street we will see many, many more supercharging locations in the areas where sales are strongest.

    1. ffbj says:

      I really don’t see that. Plus if you make a prediction please use numerical values so we can come back later and show you how wrong you were.
      Many more means very little.

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        OK, think about this:
        Say they keep the old principle of the $2k Supercharger fee per car.
        Let’s say $1k is for the construction and $1k goes into an ongoing power and maintenance fund.

        Tesla spends less than $300k per site to install 4 Supercharger cabinets serving 8 spots. Let’s say $300k. Then every 300 cars sold would allow construction of a new Supercharger site. So for every 100,000 cars sold with Supercharging it’d be 333 1/3 Supercharger sites. To give you some idea of what that would mean, a basic calculation someone did said that under 600 Superchargers sites are needed to provide complete Lower 48 Interstate network coverage with a separation of 80 miles. If Model 3 is the success Tesla hopes, it will pay for a dense Supercharger network very quickly.

        At current sales rate, they’re ahead of the curve, but it makes sense, because making trips possible using Superchargers is important for sales.

        Obviously, with more cars, comes more contention. Some Superchargers in CA and Norway in particular get very busy. But to balance that, there are many Superchargers that see little use, and those sites won’t need significant upgrades for a while.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          ItsNotAboutTheMoney said:

          “Say they keep the old principle of the $2k Supercharger fee per car.

          “Let’s say $1k is for the construction and $1k goes into an ongoing power and maintenance fund.”

          You’re suggesting that the interest on a $1k investment will be sufficient to pay for the average cost of Supercharger use by Model ≡ owners?

          I don’t think so. Unlimited Supercharger use will increasingly become a burdensome overhead for Tesla Motors. Either Tesla will move to a per-fee / monthly subscription business model, or else they will move to limit use. Perhaps both.

          I think they’ll use a fee or subscription for the Model ≡, and quite possibly Tesla will move to place limitations on local use of Supercharging. Elon Musk already said he was sending out an e-mail reminder to certain Model S owners to tell them that Supercharger use is only for long-distance travel, not to replace daily charging. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see that followed up with some sort of “Terms of service” imposed on Model S/X owners, to prevent that sort of thing.

          1. Chris O says:

            Not the interest but the $1000 itself would need to pay for maintenance and power deliveries of the Supercharger associated with the particular car that generates that $1000 of revenue during its lifetime.

            If Tesla sells 300K units/year and dedicates $1000 of each sale to the supercharger network that’s $300 million/year. Should go a long way in paying for the upkeep of a fully fledged supercharger network.

            “free for life”is a great marketing slogan so the $1000 should supplant some of the hundreds or even thousands of dollars carmakers spend in marketing cost on each vehicle which the consumer ends up paying for too. As marketing expenses go I would rather my money were invested in the “free for life” slogan.

            1. kdawg says:

              And don’t forget all the people that will buy the SC access as an insurance policy but rarely use it. That is just pure profit in Teslas books to cover costs. It takes a lot of miles to cover $2000 worth of electricity. Currently only 5% or less of the miles by Tesla drivers are from Superchargers. That’s not very much, and that includes the rare few who may be abusing them. I think it’s much more likely Tesla will have a lot of people that buy access but rarely use them.

          2. ffbj says:

            And this is why I was saying that they have no interest in having the Model III, clog the network even further. I do agree that there is an optimum number of sc, as you suggest just building more and more becomes expensive.

            1. kdawg says:

              The optimum number is the number that supports the number of EVs you have that need them.

              The expense is covered by those new EV customers paying for SC access.

        2. ffbj says:

          I think it is about 80% built out in N.A. and that construction of new sc will slow to a trickle from the former furious pace.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            If use by the Model ≡ is going to be about the same rate as the Model S, that is, about 5% of miles driven will be powered by Superchargers, then if Tesla sells 10 times as many Model ≡’s as Model S’s, it will need 10 times as many Supercharger stalls as it has now.

            While some of the increased usage will be handled by adding stalls at existing Supercharger stations, many of those simply don’t have room for much expansion. So simple logic proves that Tesla will have to continue adding Supercharger locations, as the number of Tesla cars on the road continues to grow.

      2. protomech says:

        By end of 2018 I expect to see very few gaps on US interstates exceeding 100 miles; say 90% of US interstate within 50 miles of at least one SC. Most heavily trafficked routes will have gaps of less than 50 miles, possibly 20-30 miles in the more populous areas (California coast and Northeast US).

        SC bay remote reservations and SC backfill will provide multiple charging options to maximize network capacity; if one charging station is at or nearing capacity Tesla can direct traffic to nearby charging stations.

        You can see this already in place for the routes Tesla has connected today. The circles drawn around SC stations are 50 mile radius; in almost all cases the circles touch, indicating less than 100 miles linear distance between charging stations.


      3. viktor says:

        There is right now tree supercharger under construction wish is in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Was this three pointed out when Tesla reviled the map of superchargers in California in 2012? No, they wasn’t,the only reason they are building this is because it’s to many cars on the existing superchargers so they need more to meet the demand. Elon Musk have say that they will continue to built superchargers so that they meet top demand

  5. Phr3d says:

    “Supercharging is Free.. and always will be” has been preached for so long.. that’ll be a tuff one to renege, MHO.

    1. ffbj says:

      Tesla has not said that the sc network will be included in the price of the Model III.

      1. Phr3d says:

        They’ve Heavily indicated that it will be an option, like with the S60 – I was answering to the other SC methods for Model E, above.

        1. RexxSee says:

          I never heard this. Can you provide a link?

      2. Mikael says:

        They have not. But they have said that the Model 3 will have free supercharging for life.

        So the only question will be how much the option will be or if they will make it mandatory to get it with supercharging included.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Mikael said:

          “…they have said that the Model 3 will have free supercharging for life.”

          Hmmm, looks like you’re right:

          “Elon Musk Confirms Free Supercharging for Tesla Gen 3 (Model E)”


          Well then, we should expect the Supercharger option to cost more than $2000 for the Model ≡.

  6. Dave says:

    Yep, almost up to 500 locations around the world. Already there if you count the ones under construction.

    I hope Tesla trumpets this number! The publicity is worth it.

  7. Steven says:

    Think about this.

    Advertising. How much does it cost GM (by example) for all forms of advertising per year. TV, newspapers, magazines, billboards (and the electricity for them), as well as other forms? And what does that cost break down to in a per vehicle basis?

    Now, how much does Tesla spend on advertising in all its forms? That much huh? Think about it this way, Superchargers are their advertising. Vehicles equipped for supercharger use simply offset the cost to advertising.

    But what do I know?

    1. Fool Cells says:

      That is a good point. The Superchargers are located in heavily travelled places. And there are Tesla logos all over them. Not to mention a Model S or two charging.

      Advanced, privately funded infrastructure, fueling advanced, highly desired automobiles. That is a heck of an advertisement.

  8. Lou says:

    Hard to imagine a Model 3 that does not include free SC access. As noted in many posts, it’s been a mantra of Elon for quite some time, and it IS a tremendous selling point. In spite of the attraction of free charging, most Tesla Model 3 owners will still, for the vast % of their charging, do it overnight at home, saving the SC’s for long trips. Frankly, I cannot think of too many times I’d drive more than 200 miles in one trip. Yes, it happens(I did it once this summer in my Volt), but will be rare. I doubt that Tesla will see long wait times at future SC locations if they spread them out enough and install enough in congested areas. The idea of SC congestion also suggest that all cars will be sitting there getting 80-100% charge. I say that if people are taking long trips, they may find that they will stop when they have gone, say 140 miles, top off and then leave. This idea of SC congestion should be dispelled. At $2,000 per car, SC added cost will easily pay for installation of many, many SC locations. I wonder what the other OEM’s that say that they too are developing 200 mile BEVs will do about their own cars charging at the rate of a Tesla SC? Try to buy into Tesla’s SC? Could easily happen. Without some sort of viable QC network, sales of the Bolt or alleged Ford 200 mile BEV (eg)will simply not work.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Lou said:

      “This idea of SC congestion should be dispelled.”

      On the contrary, it should be emphasized. Anyone who actually thought about it (as I did) predicted that heavily traveled corridors would have SC congestion and waiting lines. Unless Tesla built out multiple stations clustered along such routes, how could it possibly be otherwise? It’s simple logic.

      If and when Tesla sells 10 times as many Model ≡’s per year as it’s selling Model S’s now, as they plan, then the congestion/ waiting problem will be ten times as bad… unless, again, Tesla builds out a profligate number of separate Supercharger stations in the same areas, to handle all the demand.

      Simple, straightforward logic.

  9. Terry says:

    I think if GM wants the Bolt to sale good than they should join with Tesla. This would allow the Bolt to easily go long distance. I think Tesla would agree to let the Bolt to charge at the network. Adapters can be made just like Tesla has made to charge at level 2 chargers

    1. Tech01x says:

      The Bolt will have to have a realistic 200 mile range to make Supercharger jumps. It remains to be seen if it will have 200+ EPA mile range, or merely 200 miles UDDS range (165 or so EPA miles).

      1. kdawg says:

        The impression I get from GM is that the Bolt will have a real-world 200 miles of range, not just for city driving.

  10. Craig Capurso says:

    I do not understand why Nissan cant see the righting on the wall if I can not charge my ev to get around I will not buy one. I cant afford a Tesla right now probably never will I would be perfectly happy with a used Leaf I think they are a great car. Nissan has the resources to put a fast charger at every one of there dealers tomorrow and make it part of being a Nissan dealer but the don’t. Nissan needs to get there head out of there ass or the will be left behind.

  11. OB1 says:

    I imagine there could be could be different pay per use plans. Like cell phones have. Pay less when charging at off peak times. This way apartment dwellers and renters could purchase a model three with a low upfront cost and superchargers will not be swamped.

  12. Illuminati says:

    Published: Thursday, 30 January 2014

    Elon Musk Confirms Free Supercharging for Tesla Gen 3 Vehicle Owners

    The key piece of information came from Musk when he mentioned that supercharging will remain free for Gen 3 vehicle owners as well. This is the first time, that we are aware of, for Musk to mention free supercharging when talking specifically about the next generation vehicle.