Posts Tagged: Tesla Supercharger Network

Next frontier for Tesla: redefining the gas station?

At this very early stage of vehicle electrification, no one can be certain of what an optimal public charging network will look like. Conventional wisdom at this point calls for DC fast chargers along highways, and Level 2 chargers at destination locations such as tourist attractions, shopping malls, etc. There is also a school of… Read more »

Tesla Model 3: What we know and what we don’t know

Tesla made automotive history on March 31, when it unveiled the culmination of its master plan to bring EVs to the masses. The company has committed to delivering a car with the parameters that pundits have identified as the tipping point for widespread EV sales: 200 miles of range and a price tag in the… Read more »

Elon Musk: Supercharging will not be free for Tesla Model 3 owners

Elon Musk and JB Straubel held forth for over three hours at Tesla’s 2016 annual shareholder meeting. They recapped the history of the company, and discussed its ambitious plans for the future, before taking questions from the audience. Mr. Musk answered what is probably the most pressing question among the legions of future Model 3… Read more »

Tesla Supercharger users rate experience far better than other Fast Charging users

Silicon Valley companies are notoriously obsessed with creating the best possible user experience. So, it should come as no surprise that user ratings for Tesla’s Supercharger sites are better than ratings for other types of DC Fast Charging sites. PlugShare makes a free app that allows EV drivers to find and share information about charging… Read more »

Tesla to promote Chinese national charging standard

China has ambitious electrification plans, but a lack of common charging standards has been a major roadblock. In September the State Council announced a major infrastructure initiative that called for deploying 4.5 million charging points. Now the country has developed a new charging standard that supports both DC fast charging and Level 2 charging. No… Read more »

Tesla joins Charging Interface Initiative – what does it mean?

Tesla has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), an organization formed a few months ago by several automakers and EVSE manufacturers with the mission of promoting technical standards for the Combined Charging System (CCS), and working to increase its capabilities. Observers of the charging scene differ as to the significance of the move. In the… Read more »

Does Manhattan really have more Tesla charging stations than gas stations?

Here’s a fun fact courtesy of the tabloid New York Post (and corroborated by more – shall we say – widely-quoted news outlets, including the Times and WNYC): Manhattan now has more public EV charging stations than gas stations. A lot more – in fact, fossil fuel pumps are outnumbered by Tesla-branded chargers alone. Tesla… Read more »

Will Model 3 owners have unlimited free access to the Supercharger network?

Tesla’s Supercharger network is one of the brand’s greatest assets – a valuable benefit for customers and a strong selling point against the (so far, mostly theoretical) competition. Since the Model 3 hit the stage, one of the hottest questions has been, will 3 buyers get the same free Supercharging privileges that S and X… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

DC Fast Charging maps highlight differences between Tesla and CHAdeMO/CCS rollouts

Tesla touts its Supercharger network as a no-compromise solution for electric road trips, and has strategically placed Superchargers along well-traveled highways. Elon Musk himself has embarked on a coast-to-coast adventure in a Model S to demonstrate that it can be done in about the same timeframe as with any other vehicle. On the other hand,… Read more »