Revealed on July sixth, 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan
July sixth, 2019 by Zachary Shahan
Final yr, I revealed a short review of the Tesla Supercharger community’s super evolution from 2011 to March 2018. I just lately ran throughout that and determined to replace it with July 2019 maps and numbers. Right here you go:
The Tesla Supercharger network remains to be one of the top reasons electrical automotive consumers are satisfied to purchase a Tesla fairly than one other firm’s electrical automotive. The community was a essential aggressive benefit we recognized years in the past when surveying EV drivers and potential EV drivers, and it appears to be referenced every single day in feedback on CleanTechnica as a core aggressive benefit for the Silicon Valley EV & clear vitality big.
We’re lastly seeing superfast/ultrafast charging stations stand up in non-Tesla charging networks, and hey, in the future we’ll have a non-Tesla electrical automotive available on the market that may cost at 100 kW or extra. However rolling out huge superfast/ultrafast charging stations takes time, and some huge cash.
After I went by means of our Tesla archives just lately to spotlight the history of Tesla vehicle sales projections and Tesla Model 3 forecasts, I ran throughout some previous Supercharger maps and bulletins. I assumed they had been fairly hanging, particularly since I had principally forgotten how sparse the community was only a few years in the past.
Exhibit A (2011) — Longtime Tesla director of battery expertise Kurt Kelty says, “We don’t want a charging infrastructure all through the nation.”
(That really sounds fairly just like what some main automakers declare in the present day, automakers that don’t have widespread superfast charging infrastructure obtainable for his or her drivers and don’t have vehicles that might use such infrastructure.)
Exhibit B (2013) — A whopping 6 Superchargers in California + 2 Superchargers on the US East Coast!
Exhibit C — Additionally in 2013, huge new Supercharger bulletins (for the time). Supercharger max energy will get boosted from 90 kW to 120 kW. Tesla provides lightning bolt image to in-car navigation in order that drivers can simply discover a Supercharger. Tesla begins including grid storage at a few of its Superchargers, permitting you to outlive a Zombie Apocalypse if want be — or at the least cost your Tesla throughout one. Dramatic enhance in Supercharger deployment, which ends up in this plan:
Exhibit D — A January 2014 tweet from Tesla: “We’ve simply opened a bunch of Superchargers to assist us get nearer to energizing our cross-country route!” Have a look at this humongous, jaw-dropping, volt-whopping community:
Exhibit E — Across the identical time, Tesla patents a system permitting a charging station to prioritize charging primarily based on want and arrival time.
Tesla Motors US Patent Utility 2013/0057209
Exhibit F — By the top of 2014, Tesla’s Supercharger community explodes to “884 particular person charging factors unfold throughout 141 Supercharger stations, as in comparison with the 776 CHAdeMO charging factors now operational within the US.” Try the thrilling map of the time:
Exhibit G — Within the second half of 2015, Tesla is as much as 487 Supercharger stations globally, with a brand new one opening practically every single day.
(By the way in which, one other be aware at the moment from TeslaMondo: “5 years in the past, Tesla produced 800 vehicles per yr. Now it will possibly produce 800 in three days.” And yet another be aware from Tesla on the initial Autopilot rollout, which was nearly to begin: That is just the start. Don’t deal with the preliminary launch prefer it’s the ultimate one. Hmm, perhaps a subject for an additional article. …)
Exhibit H-oly Cowabunga — That is the place the Supercharger community
is in the present day was in March 2018, not even 5 years after Exhibit B: