Tesla: Our Superchargers Have Delivered 5.8 Million kWh

MAY 29 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 22

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla 100th Supercharger

Tesla 100th Supercharger

In the latest update on energy delivered to Tesla Model S EVs via Superchargers, Tesla Motors states:

“#WattsUp: Superchargers have delivered 5.8 million kWh of energy, offsetting 664,359 gallons of gas.”

That would be a global figure, taken from the 114 Supercharger locations worldwide.  This 114 figure includes 94 in the US, 17 in Europe and 3 in China.

If only Tesla provided us with a cumulative global sales figure for the Model S, then we’d be able to calculate, precisely, the kWh energy consumed from Superchargers by each Model S in circulation.  Best estimate is about 36,400 units currently, which would equal 160 kWh, or about 3-4 stops per car based on the average charge amount.

 

 

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22 Comments on "Tesla: Our Superchargers Have Delivered 5.8 Million kWh"

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Kalle

Why not say 8,5 GWh?

kdawg

How did you go from 5.8 to 8,5? I assume a typo?

mike w

More people know what a million KWH is than a GWH. besides the million number in there sounds more impressive.

Big Solar

sounds like more when the word million is involved

Alaa

That is $580,000 at $0.1 per kWh. Not much if you ask me!

Ryan H

And $580,000 worth of electricity over a total of the estimated 36,400 cars is only about $16/car 🙂 not quite as much of a dent in the bottom line as detractors like to talk about

Veselin

It will be better if they calculate in gallons per year saved.

kdawg

“#WattsUp: Superchargers have delivered 5.8 million kWh of energy, offsetting 664,359 gallons of gas.”
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Is that power used by the SC, or actually delivered to the battery?

For comparison the US Volt fleet has consumed about 161 million kWh.

GSP

The Volt does not have DC fast charging, so the Tesla SC comparison would be solely in gal of gasoline.

Aaron

I think Tesla could even improve that number further by including the 6kW of electricity needed to refine each gallon of gas.

kdawg

“If only Tesla provided us with a cumulative global sales figure for the Model S, then we’d be able to calculate, precisely, the kWh energy consumed from Superchargers by each Model S in circulation.”
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This may be useless info, since it would just be an average. I’m sure there are many Tesla owners that never use a Supercharger. If you have a bell curve showing the amount of times/kWh each Tesla uses a Supercharger, that would be more insightful.

Does Tesla have a overall mileage counter? Then you could use that to figure to figure out what percentage of EV miles are coming from Superchargers vs home charging. That might be an interesting comparison.

Micke Larsson

My assumption is about 10% of the miles coming from a super charger. But it would be interesting with real numbers.

Then it would be 60 GWh of energy used. And 6,6 million gallons of gas.
This just shows how much bigger the EV movement have to get to have any kind of impact.

kdawg

The Tesla fleet was at 100 million miles 6 months ago. No idea where they are at today. If we assume 300Wh/mile that would be 30 million kWhs. So if 5.8 million of them come from Superchargers, that’s about 20%.

Mint

They were at 180 million when the NHTSA investigation finished and they announced the underbody shield. They’ll be near 250 million miles now.

It’s closer to 10%.

EdoTesla

Not all Model S’s are made equal, some do not have the supercharger option.

I’m excited that after hitting 10 or so superchargers so far I’ll be hitting the one nearest my house this weekend…finally!

TomArt

That is possible, though there were very few 40kWh Model S sold (they are 60s with software-limited capacity usage, unlockable for a price).

Rick Danger

Tom, the 60kWh Teslas don’t come with Supercharging. It’s a $2000 option.

Leptoquark

I still don’t understand why Tesla doesn’t put a live image on their web site of the big display board in the lobby of their HQ that has the current supercharger status map with cumulative energy delivered, gallons of gas saved, etc. I would think that would be great marketing, and it’s already public, on the sneakernet.

sven

In the UK, Tesla is trying to open Superchargers at locations where the owners have already signed over exclusive rights to Ecotricity to operate EV chargers. Ecotricity has a network of EV chargers located at highway service stations, and Tesla is trying to open Superchargers at six of the “best-located” sites. Ecotricity is seeking an injunction against Tesla.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/22/tesla-uk-utility-electric-car-charging-stations

ffbj

368.51 million gallons of gas consumed each day in the U.S. Rather frightening. So the savings of gas burned is small but it’s helping to contribute to less burning of this fuel.
@Lepyoquatk: Cool idea. A SC status update board.

ffbj

I meant Leptoquark.

Ocean Railroader

This amount of gas saved and amount of power given out will go up faster and faster now that production is at 700 new Teslas a week.