The number of charging options is expected to triple worldwide by 2023
Tesla’s Supercharger network is set to become even more dense in the future: The number of charging options is expected to triple in the next two years (i.e. by 2023). This was announced by the responsible Tesla manager Drew Baglino at the announcement of the financial results for the third quarter, as reported by Electrek.
The supercharger network has grown significantly recently: According to Baglino, it has doubled over the past year and a half. At the end of September, Tesla’s own charging network now comprised 29,281 superchargers at 3,254 locations worldwide. If the network is to "triple" and the number of charging points per location (currently an average of 9) remains constant, it would have to grow to just under 10,000 locations in two years.
With the densification, Tesla wants to avoid queues, as Baglino said.
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"We are implementing accelerated expansion plans worldwide. The network has doubled in the last 18 months and we plan to triple it in the next two years. And yet accelerate on an individual basis to combat existing congestion in isolated and problematic locations more quickly we use local support facilities, use mobile superchargers and try to introduce pricing strategies that encourage greater use outside of peak hours in order to avoid waiting times. " (Drew Baglino at the Q3 earnings call)
According to Baglino, Tesla also wants to reduce waiting times with mobile superchargers. These should replace failed superchargers or supplement temporarily overloaded charging stations. The electricity comes from Tesla’s megapacks, i.e. electricity storage units with a storage capacity of up to 3 MWh per unit. In order to shorten the queues, Tesla also apparently wants to make prices time-dependent in order to make use outside of peak hours more attractive.
The higher number of Tesla charging stations must also compensate for the fact that Tesla will open its charging network to cars from other manufacturers in the future – which, depending on the pricing, will likely lead to increased demand. With the opening to other brands, Tesla will apparently get access to a 7.5 billion charging infrastructure funding program. Because the US government makes vehicle accessibility from more than one manufacturer a prerequisite for receiving funding.
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For Germany, the Supercharge.info page currently lists 236 Supercharger locations. Of these, however, only about half are in operation, many others are still under construction – apparently the network is also being busily expanded in Germany.
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