In one year, Tesla added over 850 public charging sites in the US

Tesla Supercharger

Tesla’s large network of proprietary public charge points continues to rapidly expand. In addition to the high-power Superchargers placed along well-traveled highways, the company has been deploying destination chargers at locations where drivers would want to stay for several hours at a time: like hotels, ski resorts, and restaurants.

According to data in PlugShare’s latest quarterly infrastructure report, both Superchargers and the lower-powered destination chargers saw large increases in US installations in 2015 Q3.

Tesla Public charging Q3 660

Supercharging locations grew by 91%, from 117 sites in September 2014 to 224 sites at the end of September 2015.

Tesla Supercharger

Destination charging locations grew 202%, from 371 to September 2014 to 1,122 sites at the end of September 2015.

Tesla Destination Charger

Full access to PlugShare Quarterly 2015 Q3 – US Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Exhibits can be purchased here.

SEE ALSO: Tesla says it’s in talks with other automakers about sharing the SuperCharger network 


  • Dave_SRQ


  • JP White

    The choice of “Sites” in the headline is unfortunate. 850 charging units maybe, but not sites there are just over 230 sites across the US since the network started in 2013.

    • Christian Ruoff

      @jpwhite:disqus – I think you’re referring to 230 Supercharger sites. If you look closely at the graph, and the text of the article, I think you’ll find it agrees with your estimate.

      The headline, and the data in the article, includes 1,122 destination charger sites in the US – not only Superchargers.

      Christian Ruoff

      • JP White

        Thanks. I missed the HPWC outlets as counting as sites 🙂

  • Brian_Henderson

    The so-called “the lower-powered destination chargers” are typically 80 amp AC EVSE capable of delivering ~18 kW.

    ie: A Tesla “lower-powered destination charger” provides approximately 3x the power level of a typical public Level 2 (J1772) destination charging outlet that provides 6 kW fast charging,

    It’s all relative … low-power charging at 60 mph vs. fast charging 20 mph!

  • Gaskilla

    One reason for the quick expansion in “destination” chargers is that Tesla will provide the HPWC aka “charging station” at no cost to the facility as long as they agree to pay the installation costs. So if you want to get a free charger for a business you frequent you can email and ask how the process works. This is obviously a smart move by Tesla and clearly is an effective strategy to put more chargers around the country.

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  • jstack6

    we still waiting for the East -West I10 route coming in 2016. That is a much better route in winter than the I-40 in the Northern USA. They are coming fast and still FREE and faster than any in the world. Go TESLA.

  • Troy Greer

    I’m still in college for now, and I’ll be spending a couple of years in university afterwards, but I hope to lease or own a Tesla vehicle once I’m progressing well in my career. I’m in Canada, though, so I’m really hoping that a lot more Supercharger stations are installed within the next decade for me to really benefit from such a significant purchase.

  • vdiv

    Any carmaker claiming to be serious about EVs should look at this and take note.

  • mustang_sallad

    Tesla’s Destination Charging program frustrates me due to the fact that their EVSEs are not compatible with other cars, and they are soaking up a LOT of readily available spare electrical capacity that will make further expansion with J1772 stations much more costly for the station hosts. Their gesture of offering J1772 stations as well as the HPWCs is appreciated, but they are still making the majority of the charging capacity exclusive to their vehicles, which doesn’t at all match Elon Musk’s general philosophy of supporting EV adoption in general.

    I’m all for them putting in their own Supercharge stations – these are more capable than any other fast charging stations at this stage, and these are largely using new dedicated utility accounts. But it’s a different story when you’re talking about trying to squeeze into existing facilities and find spare electrical capacity and spare parking spaces. Hopefully the station hosts aren’t prevented from replacing the HPWCs with J1772 stations once they see that they’ve needlessly locked out other EV drivers.