Tesla unveiled the first V3 Supercharger at its Fremont, California factory just a few months ago, but the company is already making progress on the first concentrated buildout of the third generation of its fast-charging stations. Thats because 26 of the 46 charging stations currently being built along the transcontinental Trans-Canada Highway are V3 chargers, Tesla tells The Verge.
The new V3 chargers are capable of charging some Model 3s at rates of up to 250kW, making it possible to gain 75 miles of range in just five minutes. So far, the company has opened just a few other V3 Supercharging stations (including one in Las Vegas) beyond the original one at the Fremont plant.
The news comes as Tesla celebrates the seven-year anniversary of the first Supercharger stations this week. In the time since the company lit up those first fast chargers back in 2012, Tesla has gone on to build out one of the biggest networks of EV chargers in the world, with 14,081 Superchargers across 1,604 stations in 36 countries.
Tesla tells The Verge its seen more than 30 million charging sessions on its fast chargers since the first one was debuted in 2012. The company says its Supercharger network handles an average of 64,000 sessions per day, and doles out a total of about 2.25GWh of energy per day meaning users take on about 35kWh of energy during an average charging session.
Depending on the model, Teslas vehicles have battery capacities that range between 50kWh to 100kWh. While theres an obvious psychological appeal to recharging your car to completely full (just like youd refill a combustion engine cars gas tank all the way), the numbers Tesla provided imply that a great deal of customers only charge up enough to get where theyre going. Whether thats because they dont want to wait for a full charge, or because theyre happy enough to just grab a few extra miles before heading home to finish filling the battery over night, is unclear.
To put some of these numbers in some context, ChargePoint which controls one of the most widely distributed charging networks in the world has more than 1,476 fast chargers around the world and 100,700 chargers in total, according to its most recent monthly fact sheet. The California-based charging company says it has powered more than 62,879,120 charging sessions in the 12 years since it was founded.
But since the overwhelming majority of ChargePoints chargers are of the slower Level 2 variety, the companys network has delivered just 563,125MWh worth of energy over that time the same amount Superchargers put out in about 250 days. Based on those numbers, the average charging session over ChargePoints existence is closer to 9kWh.
Other comparisons are hard to make. When asked, EVgo was only able to share the number of charging stations on its network, and Volkswagens Electrify America said we dont provide usage data.
Tesla may have outpaced other charging networks across the last seven years, but like a number of the companys efforts, the original vision was even more grand. In the 2012 blog post announcing the first Superchargers, Tesla promised the ability to drive anywhere in the country on pure sunlight for free.
The company also said it wanted to outfit Superchargers with solar panels from SolarCity (which at the time was still a few years away from being acquired by Tesla), with the goal of generat[ing] more energy from the sun over the course of a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger, resulting in a slight net positive transfer of sunlight generated power back to the electricity grid.
I think this day will actually go down as being quite historic, I think at least on par with SpaceX docking with the Space Station earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk said at the 2012 unveiling.
Of course, free Supercharging eventually went away, only reappearing from time to time as an incentive for new buyers. Only about six of the stations were hooked up to a solar panel setup in 2017, and Tesla hasnt shown off a fully off-grid Supercharger setup. There are a few more stations with solar panels, but its clear Teslas still a long way off from fulfilling the picture Musk painted back in 2012.
Still, Teslas Superchargers tend to excel at the two things that matter most: reliable coverage and getting as much juice as possible in a short amount of time. Other charging networks (like Electrify America) are coming online, and that will certainly shift the balance in the years to come, especially since they tend to work with multiple makes and models. But by the time theyre built out, there will also be more electric cars on the road to charge. Maybe by then, stats like charging time and coverage maps will matter a little bit less than they do today.
View original post here:
- Electric Cars, Solar Panels & Clean Energy Storage | Tesla - November 25th, 2019
- Tesla EVs: Reviews, Pricing, and Specs - November 25th, 2019
- Tesla Model Prices, Photos, News, Reviews and Videos | Autoblog - November 25th, 2019
- Watch Tesla's 'Cybertruck' unveiling at 11 PM ET | Engadget - November 25th, 2019
- Teslas Cybertruck Will Face These Five Electric Pickups in 2021 - Forbes - November 25th, 2019
- Elon Musk explains why Teslas Cybertruck windows smashed during presentation - The Verge - November 25th, 2019
- A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows - WIRED - November 25th, 2019
- Teslas strategy is incredibly risky but it still makes lots of sense - MarketWatch - November 25th, 2019
- Watch Tesla test Model 3 by making it drive into water - Electrek - November 25th, 2019
- The Brutalist Tesla Cybertruck is designed to instill fear and draw the battle lines on internal combustion - Electrek - November 25th, 2019
- As electric cars and Tesla make headlines, this CEO is betting on charging stations - Fox Business - November 25th, 2019
- Hill and Holmes' impeachment testimony, Netanyahu's indictment and Tesla's 'Cybertruck' reveal: The Morning Rundown - NBCNews.com - November 25th, 2019
- If Tesla and Ford Motor are about to wage war for the electric-car crown, you wouldnt know it from this exchange - MarketWatch - November 25th, 2019
- Tesla Is The Underdog In The Electric Car Revolution - Forbes - November 1st, 2019
- Tesla Model S Plaid Spied Testing Aggressive Body At The Nurburgring - Motor1.com - November 1st, 2019
- Tesla will roll out a software update that will make the Model S even faster - BGR - November 1st, 2019
- Tesla Demonstrates The Power Of The Internet Of Things - Forbes - November 1st, 2019
- What Drove Teslas Surprise Third Quarter Profit? - Forbes - November 1st, 2019
- Teslas Q3 profit is being scrutinized by analysts and some dont like what they see - MarketWatch - November 1st, 2019
- Did Tesla release an unfinished Smart Summon just to pull an accounting trick? - Digital Trends - November 1st, 2019
- Will FCA-PSA Buy Tesla Batteries And Drivetrain? - InsideEVs - November 1st, 2019
- What Does The Tesla Model 3 Have In Common With A Cheap Toyota Etios? - InsideEVs - November 1st, 2019
- Tesla Roadster Gets The A-Team Treatment In Retro Face Car Renders - InsideEVs - November 1st, 2019
- Tesla: Are the Bears Reaching to Make a Negative Case? - Market Realist - November 1st, 2019
- Elon Musk says monster Tesla seen on racetrack will go into production by summer 2020 - Mashable - October 16th, 2019
- Tesla owners in California receive warnings to recharge amid blackouts - CNN - October 16th, 2019
- Tesla navigating land mines that zapped rivals - Fox Business - October 16th, 2019
- Tesla: Why Demand Could Be a Concern - Market Realist - October 16th, 2019
- Why Tesla Stock Looks Better Than You Think - Barron's - October 16th, 2019
- Tesla Update May Have Lowered The Model 3's Range As Well - InsideEVs - October 16th, 2019
- Here's how Tesla's cars stack up against the best of the competition from the world's top automakers - Business Insider - October 16th, 2019
- California's Power Outage Demonstrates the Biggest Flaw With Tesla's Plan to Sell Everyone an Electric Car - Inc. - October 16th, 2019
- Tesla (TSLA) Expected to Beat Earnings Estimates: Can the Stock Move Higher? - Yahoo Finance - October 16th, 2019
- Is Tesla Still a Rule Breaker to Believe In? - The Motley Fool - October 16th, 2019
- Tesla offers peek inside the Crash Lab that helped it win a safety award - Digital Trends - October 16th, 2019
- This Tesla Faced Keying And Break-In Attempt On The Same Day - InsideEVs - October 16th, 2019
- What it's like to rent Tesla Model 3 on Turo car-sharing app - Business Insider - October 16th, 2019
- More On Tesla's Plan To Make Its Own Batteries - InsideEVs - October 16th, 2019
- Older Teslas are reportedly running into an issue where the screen stops working and the car wont charge - Business Insider - October 16th, 2019
- Green Cab Ditches Hybrids In Favor Of Teslas For Its Taxi Fleet - CleanTechnica - October 16th, 2019
- In 10 years, Tesla went from a one-car company to a Porsche rival - Business Insider - October 1st, 2019
- Tesla is working on its own more efficient seat with temperature-control system - Electrek - October 1st, 2019
- Tesla Smart Summon isn't for use in public places, America - CNET - October 1st, 2019
- People Are Trying to Get Themselves Run Over by Their Own Teslas - ScienceAlert - October 1st, 2019
- 2 Signs the "Tesla Killer" Theory May Already Be Dead - The Motley Fool - October 1st, 2019
- Tesla Built-In Camera Captures the Moment 'Very Angry' Woman Keys Car in School Parking Lot - Newsweek - October 1st, 2019
- People Are Posting Videos of Close Calls with Tesla's New Smart Summon Feature - Car and Driver - October 1st, 2019
- Tesla has reinvented the windshield wiper in new patent - Fox News - October 1st, 2019
- Teslas AI Chips Are Rolling Out, But They Arent A Self-Driving Panacea - Forbes - October 1st, 2019
- U.S. Labor Judge Rules That Tesla Interfered With Union Organizing - Jalopnik - October 1st, 2019
- Tesla rolled out its Smart Summon feature, and it's not going well - Driving - October 1st, 2019
- Ride Along In The World's Quickest Tesla - InsideEVs - October 1st, 2019
- 3 Ways Tesla Is Transforming What It Means To Be A Car - CleanTechnica - September 19th, 2019
- 01:11 Tesla Model 3 Wins Top Safety Award - Bloomberg - September 19th, 2019
- How Musk is Trying to Address Tesla's Service Issues - Market Realist - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla loses top exec in Germany - Seeking Alpha - September 19th, 2019
- From advocating for nuking Mars to feuding on Twitter, here's how Tesla's CEO Elon Musk spent his summer - Business Insider - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla vs. Porsche: Does The Model S Finally Have A Competitor In The Luxurious New Taycan? - Forbes - September 19th, 2019
- A Tesla-Swapped E30 BMW Means 'You'll Never Miss a Yellow Light Again.' - The Drive - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla Dealer Loophole Ideas - CleanTechnica - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla Alumni Launch Smart Electric Panel to Make It Easier to Go Solar - Tom's Guide - September 19th, 2019
- Why Tesla Seems to Be Struggling with Q3 Deliveries - Market Realist - September 19th, 2019
- Sleeping With Tesla Autopilot May Explain Some Of Tesla's Safety Numbers - Forbes - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla Autopilot V10 In-Depth Road Test With Useful Bookmarks - InsideEVs - September 19th, 2019
- Cuomo on whether Tesla will meet job targets: 'We will find out next year' - Buffalo News - September 19th, 2019
- What the GM Strike Means For the Fremont Tesla Factory - California Globe - September 19th, 2019
- Watch Tesla V10 with new Netflix, YouTube, Caraoke apps in action surprisingly refined - Electrek - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla's Million Mile Battery - Seeking Alpha - September 19th, 2019
- Podcast: Teslas upcoming new battery, Tesla Plaid Powertrain, EVs from Frankfurt, and more - Electrek - September 19th, 2019
- Ex-Tesla Executive Decamps to Brazil and Bets Big on Batteries - Bloomberg - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla Sentry Mode catches couple mistaking Model 3 for their Hyundai Elantra - Driving - September 19th, 2019
- See This Tesla Model S Making Smoke? A Bug Is The Cause - InsideEVs - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla Model 3 earns top safety award | National - Index-Journal - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla Model 3 dominates global EV sales, chases down fossil fuel competitors - The Driven - September 19th, 2019
- Driving A Tesla Model X Through Flood Waters May Look Cool But Isnt A Good Idea - Carscoops - September 19th, 2019
- Sweeney Gives Support to 'Tesla Lawsuit' - InsiderNJ - September 19th, 2019
- Teslas a Game Changer When It Comes to Windshield Wipers - Car and Driver - September 19th, 2019
- General Motors vs. Tesla: Software Engineer Pay - Dice Insights - September 19th, 2019
- Did Nikola Tesla Describe Mobile Phones in 1926? - Truth or Fiction - September 19th, 2019
- Tesla has too few accidents to analyse - www.electrive.com - September 19th, 2019