Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has built a worldwide network of 438 Supercharger stations with 2,415 Superchargers. That number continues to grow with at least 20 new Superchargers planned to open in the U.S. in 2015.
This aggressive growth in the company’s refueling infrastructure is key to positioning itself as a logical choice for long range drivers. The strategy is to locate charging stations everywhere so drivers can feel confident that they can go wherever they want to go and not have to worry about running out of power. Refueling at a Tesla SuperCharger is free – it doesn’t cost Tesla owners a penny.
Since the end of March the company’s stock price has blasted off like a SpaceX rocket going from a low of $185 per share at the end of March to over $250 at the end of May. This latest surge in the stock price comes mainly from Elon Musk’s announcement of the Tesla Powerwall home battery and anticipation of thesoon coming Tesla Model X SUV.
Tesla hits the road
Tesla is positioning its cars as the logical choice for buyers who plan to hit the road with their EV’s. Plenty of competition is on it’s way and it’s coming fast. According to Autoblog, some of the competition includes: “The 2018 Nissan Leaf, next-gen Volkswagen e-Golf, Chevy Bolt, Audi R8 E-Tron sportscar and Q6 E-Tron SUV, an un-named Ford, Aston Martin DBX, and Porsche Pajun… [but] the big difference here is refueling infrastructure. Sure, Nissan has put a good deal of effort into the CHAdeMO network, but these… [CHAdeMO] stations only refuel at a rate of 62.5 kW at most, and usually less. Furthermore, a good many of these stations are located at dealerships on the West coast (with a few Eastern city exceptions), and not always accessible 24 hours a day. With this new bigger battery comes a need for even more charging speed, and this is where Tesla’s 135-kW monster connection excels.”
In addition to it’s own SuperCharger network, Tesla is growing it’s charging network with a “Destination Charging”program with more than 800 locations worldwide including charging stations at Costco stores, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, and Westin hotels.
UPDATE: On May 31st software Release v6.2 was made available for download to current Model S owners. It includes several new features including a new map feature that shows all Destination Charging partner station locations.
To help drivers make necessary plans for their trips the following information is now shown from the Maps App – Destination Charging Location,: Power Output, number of connectors, amenities and special requirements to charge.
Want a visual to help you understand the growth of the Tesla SuperCharger Network? Here’s an animated video that shows the growth in just two minutes.