Tesla Is On a Global Roll With the Expansion of Its Supercharging Network.

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In Q3 2023, they amped up the game, adding 330 new stations worldwide – a six percent bump from last year, making it the highest this year. The individual connectors jumped by 11 percent, hitting a peak at 3,023. That averages out to 9.2 connectors per station, up from 8.7 a year ago.

This quarter’s growth is part of a bigger trend. The most new stations and connectors were rolled out in Q4 2020 and Q4 2022. In their Q3 financial report, Tesla confirmed the Supercharging network is a cash cow, even with expansion costs. Their eye is on the future, looking to accommodate non-Tesla EVs: “Pay-per-use Supercharging remains a profitable business for the company, even as we scale capital expenditures. Our team is focused on materially expanding Supercharging capacity and further improving capacity management in anticipation of other OEMs joining our network.”

Breaking down the numbers for the year so far, Tesla has set up over 900 new Supercharging stations and 8,600 individual stalls. That’s a sturdy figure, slightly outpacing last year.

The overall Supercharging network has bulked up too. We’re talking nearly 5,600 stations and over 51,000 individual charging stalls – almost one-third more than last year.

In September, Tesla marked the installation of its 50,000th Supercharging stall, a special one in California. Looking back, the growth trajectory is impressive:

  • 1st: September 2012
  • 10,000: June 2018
  • 20,000: November 2020
  • 30,000: November 2021 (+10,000 in 1 year)
  • 35,000: June 10, 2022 (+5,000 in roughly 7 months)
  • 10 years: September 2012-2022
  • Europe (10,000): October 5, 2022
  • 40,000: November 22, 2022 (+10,000 in 1 year)
  • China (10,000): December 26, 2022
  • 45,000: April 9, 2023 (+5,000 in less than 5 months, +10,000 in 10 months)
  • 50,000: September 8, 2023 (+5,000 in roughly 5 months, +10,000 in less than 10 months)

Imagine if all 50,000+ stalls were juiced up at once, at an average of 100 kW – that’s a total output of over 5.0 GW. Talk about electric power!

Non-Tesla Supercharging: Going Beyond Boundaries

Tesla is pushing the envelope with its Non-Tesla Supercharger Pilot, expanding to select stations across 20 countries. In North America, the United States and Canada are equipped with a built-in CCS1 adapter, making charging a breeze. Across Europe, 15 countries enjoy native compatibility with the CCS2 standard, and new V4 stations boast longer cables to accommodate various EVs. The reach extends to Turkey in the same CCS2 fashion. Heading to the Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and Mainland China each have their standards – CCS2, GB/T, and local GB/T standards, respectively. The new V4 stations even come with contactless card readers, potentially eliminating the need for the Tesla app for non-Tesla EV drivers.

Supercharging Power

Currently, Tesla Superchargers offer a robust peak power output of 250 kW, but the anticipation is for a substantial increase. Rumors swirl about 300 kW and even 324 kW for V3 Superchargers. Tesla’s first V4 Superchargers in Europe and the United States mark a new era. Integrated CCS1 adapters, credit card readers, and small displays cater to non-Tesla EVs, making the Supercharging experience accessible to a broader range of electric vehicles. The promise of potentially exceeding 250 kW and support for high-voltage battery systems looms on the horizon.

Charging Standards

Tesla’s move to open its proprietary charging standard, known as the North American Charging Standard (NACS), in Q4 2022 signifies a shift. Ford embraced this change in May 2023, transitioning from CCS1 to NACS in North America starting in 2025. General Motors and other players in the EV space quickly followed suit. Tesla, not one to be left behind, retrofits its North American chargers with the integrated CCS1 adapter (Magic Dock), ensuring compatibility with the CCS Combo 1/J1772 standard. Europe and most parts of the world see new Tesla cars equipped with a CCS Combo 2-compatible charging inlet, while China sticks to the GB/T charging inlets for AC and DC charging.

Plug Variety

Tesla Supercharging plugs vary globally. North America, South Korea, and Japan adopt the proprietary NACS standard, with the Magic Dock facilitating CCS1-compatible non-Tesla EV charging. Europe and much of the world embrace the CCS2-compatible standard, phasing out the old AC Type 2 inlet in favor of the updated CCS2-compatible inlet. In China, the GB/T-compatible charging standard takes precedence, with two inlets on the vehicle side catering to AC and DC charging.

In the dynamic world of EV charging, Tesla’s innovations transcend borders, bringing efficient Supercharging to the masses, regardless of their electric vehicle’s make. Stay tuned as we explore more facets of the electric charging landscape in the next segment.

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