World’s 500th Tesla Supercharger Now Online

Tesla Supercharger

AUG 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 51

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Supercharger Network In North America



The 500th Tesla Supercharger went online this week, according to Tesla Motors Club forum and confirmed by Tesla itself:

 502 Supercharger stations with 2,832 Superchargers

Some are saying that 500th unit is in Fountain Valley, CA.

Anyways, that’s huge milestone achieved by still relatively new and small company in the automotive industry. Having independent, free and very compelling high power fast charging network gives Tesla a big advantage over competitors in the luxury EV segment in years to come.

Time for some stats.

  • There are over 160 Tesla Model S sedans per one charging station on average around the world, and over 28 per one spot (like this one on the right), assuming over 80,000 delivered cars
  • In North America, around 225 stations and over 49,000 delivered Model S translates to an average of some 218 cars per spot.
  • Infrastructure outside North America (around 190 in Europe and 85 in Asia Pacific) seems more available as over 31,000 Model S per 275 stations brings us to average of just 113. The truth is that density of the network is irregular and the number of spots per station also differ.

Here is an updated YouTube video on Supercharger network growth:

“this is a quick update from my previous animation video”

“we are now (august 2015) at 500 superchargers (225 in North America, 190 in Europe, and 85 in Asia Pacific) – THANK YOU Tesla!”

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Impressive achievement in 2 years! In another 2 years when the model 3 (supposedly) rolls out the coverage is going to be amazing!

For a time.

Cheaper model wont mean shorter trips though. So Tesla will need to rump up SC rollout and maybe start to add more stands to existing ones (or double/tripple SC’s in small radius area).

I think “free + unlimited” SC for Model 3 is out of the question. Pay for use or monthly pay will be better.

SC will become very significant part of company activity.

I agree, it will probably not be the all-you-can-eat model for the 3. Having 3 users pay per charge would also give the model S the extra USP of being the only one with unlimited supercharging.

It pretty definitely won’t be the all-you-can-eat for a single lifetime fee model, not even a high fee. Probably subscription and/or per-charge. I’m expect even the X won’t have this, and maybe not even the S going forward.

Well it’s pretty definite that it will be “free for life” for the Model 3.

At least according to Elon Musk, but then again what does he know about Tesla…


Apply cold water to burn. 🙂

przemo_li said:

“I think ‘free + unlimited’ SC for Model 3 is out of the question. Pay for use or monthly pay will be better.”

I argued the same quite strongly, in several recent comments here on InsideEVs. But now I’m not so sure. According to the analysis in “What Does Providing Free Charging Cost Tesla Motors, Inc.?” (link below), the cost isn’t all that much compared to Tesla’s billion dollars a year gross income.

Tesla has already said it expects to downsize its approx. 25% gross profit on the Model S to approx. 15% gross profit on the Model ≡. Perhaps Tesla will consider the cost of building, maintaining, and powering the ever-growing Supercharger network as just part of its expected reduction in profit margin. Perhaps the cost is already factored in.

Caveat lector: The following link is to an investor site, and thus should be considered an advocacy piece rather than neutral reporting. But if the facts in that article are accurate, then it’s hard to argue with its conclusion.

It’s not merely about cost. There simply isn’t enough space to build more supercharger stalls in the most frequently used areas to cover a massive increase in cars wanting to use them. That will lead to long queues and everyone will be miserable and blame Tesla. It’s better to nip that in the bud and adopt a pricing model that won’t attract people to constantly use the superchargers.

Well, it is about cost; the cost of land needed to build more Supercharger stations to keep up with increasing demand.

There may be a point here that the more stations are built, the more costly it will be to buy or lease lots to build them in appropriate places. That is, perhaps at some point all the best and relatively cheap places will have been bought up.

But I have no idea if that’s really going to become a factor, or if it already has. Common sense says it may become a factor where land prices are high, but probably not in most areas.

If the primary placement is in between cities, not in them, then land should remain cheap. OTOH there are places, such as the Boston-Washington D.C. corridor, where it’s all city, no “boondocks” where land is cheap. In such areas, it may be difficult or impossible to find land near major highways where lots of land are cheap to buy/lease.

Just speculating here.

Not true.

– You can put Superchargers in _any lot. If there is no verge available, every 8 Supercharger spaces, you’ll take away 3 parking spaces.
– With Tesla’s model of 200+ EPA range, home charging means that even assuming no advance in charging speed there would be _less_ need for refueling spaces than gas nozzles.
– There are about 121,000 gas stations in the USA.
– In the current space used by gas stations there is room for a lot more Supercharger spaces than gas pumps.

And I should add that before having to go to a pay model, would would add cost to the Supercharging system, there are two measures that Tesla could take:
– limited parking time
– limited charging speed

With home charging in place, the motivation to charge at a local Supercharger is to trade the inconvenience for money. If Tesla can increase inconvenience by throttling, and prevent parking by establishing parking time limits, they’d be able to keep the local Supercharging down while maintaining the same, simple service for everyone else.

You can’t put superchargers on someone else’s land without their permission. If there is limited parking space at a location, it’s highly unlikely that the land owner want to dedicate the entire plot to Tesla alone.

They don’t have to dedicate the spots, they just have to have capability. At a lot of Superchargers there are a mix of spots that are Tesla only and general parking with limited time.

And if you actually needed all of the spaces, it would imply that everybody was driving a Supercharger-capable car, in which case having a Supercharger plug at the spots wouldn’t be any kind of problem.

In a sense its the same issue as asking how people who park on the street are going to charge their EV: with lots of EVs around, it wouldn’t be a problem.

Model S is not “free + unlimited” either. Tesla is already sending letters to the locals who use it excessively.

I think Model 3 can remain prepaid for sure if Tesla’s original assumptions still stick (~5% of all travel). They can keep it at that level as long as Tesla owners primarily stick to using superchargers for long distance travel.

The letter does not stop anyone from using them.

That’s true, but it shows pretty explicitly Tesla does not mean them to be “unlimited” (AKA covering all travel, including local travel). The focus clearly is on long distance, and I think the math shows that that is the only way for the network to be sustainable on a prepaid model.

If everyone stopped charging at home and only charge at supercharger stations (as some owners have apparently done) demand can easily grow to 10-20x what it is today even with no new cars added to the fleet. Currently only 5-10% of all miles traveled by Model S owners are being covered by superchargers.

The point of the letters is to try to get owners to voluntarily cut back on such usage. But Tesla can also use other measures.

So where does that leave people who, having been told by Tesla that they can use SuCs free and forever before they bought their MS, and who can’t charge their shiny new MS at home or work (i.e. flat/condo/terraced house etc) dwellers? MW

Tesla can make exceptions for them, but it’s pretty clear Tesla doesn’t want people who have the means to charge at home to offload all their charging on local superchargers.

That’s why a bulk of the letter was about home charging.

martinwinlow said: “So where does that leave people who… can’t charge their shiny new MS at home or work (i.e. flat/condo/terraced house etc) dwellers?” Well, who are the people who are using Supechargers to replace at-home or at-work charging? Common sense suggests: 1. People who could charge at home when they bought the Model S, but had to move to where they can’t 2. Misers who waste hours of their time waiting at a supercharger to save a few bucks, instead of charging at home/work 3. A (hopefully) few idiots who insisted on buying a Model S even though Tesla told them they should install a dedicated charger at home before buying the car Or perhaps some other categories I can’t think of. How many people are we talking about, total? And just what is the breakdown on the numbers; how many in each category? Altho Tesla can continue sending notes to people it thinks are abusing the system, ultimately, if such people choose to ignore Tesla’s complaints, Tesla has no legal recourse to stop them. Tesla’s own website promised Supercharger use would be free, unlimited, forever after the access fee is paid. At least according to the article linked… Read more »
“. . . ultimately, if such people choose to ignore Tesla’s complaints, Tesla has no legal recourse to stop them.” That is incorrect, you’ve got it backwards. Tesla can change their rules for using Superchargers anytime they please, and Tesla owners have no legal recourse to stop Tesla. Tesla owners do NOT have an enforceable contract with Tesla that requires Tesla to provide them with free lifetime unlimited Supercharging. These Tesla owners have no WRITTEN contract with Tesla giving them free lifetime unlimited charging. These Tesla owners might say that they have an ORAL contract with Tesla because Tesla, their sales reps, and their website promised free charging for life. Under contract law, certain contracts MUST BE in writing to be ENFORCEABLE, such as a contract for the sale of land. In most, if not all states, a contract that cannot be completed in one year must be in writing to be enforceable. A contract providing Tesla owners free lifetime unlimited Supercharging, cannot be completed in one year, and thus must be in writing to be enforceable. Since Tesla owners claim to have an an oral contract for free unlimited lifetime Supercharging, it is unenforceable in a court of law.… Read more »


This fact is something a lot of people completely fail to see. They think owners have a “contract” with Tesla that guarantees free unlimited charging. There is no such contract if you look that the purchase contracts. There is absolutely no mention of superchargers, only that the $2000 pays for equipment/software (and that only applied to the old S60 model). Tesla could suddenly close all their supercharger stations and owners would have no legal recourse. I remember people bringing up AT&T’s throttling fines as an analogy, but that doesn’t apply given AT&T does have a monthly service contract with users that guarantees a level of service.

And even in the case of a false advertising suit, those arguing over “unlimited” don’t really have a point. Tesla advertised “free for life” (of the car). Thus Tesla can’t start charging money per session. However, they never promised “unlimited” for life, so throttling and usage limits is fair game. An analogy that can apply is T-mobile’s free data for life (which is limited to 200MB per month).

4. Taxi and Uber drivers who thought Tesla would pay all their “fuel” bills

No, but it gets the message out, and sets the stage for introducing restrictions on local use in purchase contracts. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla insisted on home charging for Model 3 ownership.

Wow… 500… I guess Musk really means it when he says he wants to electrify the transportation system.

All the commercial public charging companies are billing customers to recover charger network installation costs and future maintenance expenses. Then there’s the daily expense of purchasing electricity from the utility company. On top of everything else, the company tries to make a profit….

So, even if Tesla charged only the going rate for electricity, it would still be a great deal for the customer.

That would still leave Tesla holding the $$$ bag for the super charger build-out and for future maintenance costs.

Hard to see how Tesla can maintain or justify this as sales of Model S and X will happily soon push well past 100,000.

In the end, can Musk refuel millions of Tesla vehicles for free, forever?

It’s really amazing to watch them accomplish this. It’s a monumental accomplishment. Congrats and Go Tesla!

True. If you add in the vehicles produced I would consider the whole package as a “Wonder” of the modern world.

I wouldn’t go that far – yet. However if they continue to do what they are doing, and manage to actually bring the Model 3 to market (200 mi range for under 40K) by 2018, then I will wholly be on board with calling it the latest wonder of the world; or maybe we should then ask the Vatican to declare what Tesla has done as a Miracle!

Meanwhile, the total number of worldwide hydrogen stations is 620: Since there is no home refueling of FCEVs (yet) that number is not particularly impressive.

That database includes all hydrogen stations ever built. A large majority of them are already offline. The ones in grey are all offline.

95% or more of those stations are private, experimental stations.

Japan alone has more than twice the number CHAdeMO chargers.

500 is only the station count. Charger/stall count is far higher. Each station has on average 6 stalls, so rough 3000 stalls overall.

The last analysis I saw on the Tesla Motors Club forum was an average of 5 stalls per station. Has it increased significantly recently?

If you want to know, grab data from, and calculate for the open stations.

Cat’s including that. Japan has over 5,000 CHAdeMOs.

The difference is in the impact of each site. Right now Tesla owners are already making significant road trips, but many owners are having to bridge gaps with CHAdeMO, or slower charging, and there are still significant routes not covered. But the network’s reached that point that many sites under construction or about to begin construction are important bridges:

– Kennewick, WA enables a Portland, OR connection to I-90, and Seattle, WA to I-84.
– Gillette WY will make the northern connection to Chicago
– Twin Falls, ID will connect the PNW to SLC and beyond
– Albuquerque, NM will make the E-W connection to/from CA/AZ
– Columbia, MO will make the important connection from KC to St Louis much easier.
– Plantation, FL completes the connection to the Keys.
– Tallahassee, FL makes the E-W connection from Florida easier.
– South Burlington, VT will open Boston to Montreal
– Seabrook, NH opens up more of Maine (just a bit of bias there. :p)

So? That is irrelevant. The cars & chargers are used differently. 95+% of the time, a Tesla just charges at home. With 200+ miles range, they don’t really need public charging. The superchargers are just for long trips. But with 80 mile range LEAFs, they need DC fast chargers for trips more than just 80 miles.

I think really its 1416 Superchargers. Maybe 2832 stalls. I would believe the average number of stalls per station is more likely around 6, not 12.

1416 502

Sorry, I didn’t catch… but 2832 ÷ 502 = 5,64 stalls, a relevant average.

Probably and add on late, but the article say 2 832 superchargers instead of stall and that would make 5.66 stall per SC.

He’s being picky.

The Supercharger is the cabinet.
Normally each cabinet can serve two spots, so you could divide spots by 2.

However, there are a few places where there’s an odd number of charging spots, so the number of cabinets is slightly greater than spots/2.

Not one Tesla supercharger in New Zealand. Please Tesla come to New Zealand.

Confusing: title wants to say 500 supercharging STATIONS, now it says there are just 500 chargers worldwide.

On the site, we can find more detail, actually a LOT of details. like number of stalls, address, GPS, elevation, status, links to Tesla and even discussion treads!

Look up in the data section, or zoom in on a region and you will see exactly how many SC stations are installed, in construction, or had the permit delivered.

USA : 212 constructed, 13 being built and 11 more permits.
Canada : 15, 0, 1
North american total as today : 227
or just hover on the last dot in the Chart section.

Well done!

Thanks for this tip. Very useful, especially for me, Europe is interesting because it is splitted by many countries and you dont have the latest info.

“Better Than Blink.” 😉

110V outlet is often better than blink

Couldn’t Tesla implement a two tier system?.. say $2k for the normal “long distance” use, and an additional $2-4?k for apartment dwellers or those who really need to use SC’s full time… seems they have the data to make it work.

I think too many people are expecting Model 3 to have Model S capabilities and features for one third the price or less. somehow that just doesn’t seem realistic.

Not in terms of supercharger discussions – Elon promises 200 mi EPA minimum, which means it will need SC capabilities, either standard or as an option (like it used to be for the S60).

Still no way to get to Springfield, MO from Dallas.