Tesla’s Supercharger map
Tesla has published an updated version of their Supercharger map, which includes numerous more planned stations as well as revised completion schedules. The manufacturer wants to expand its Supercharger network by three times its current size. Tesla updates its Supercharger map on its ‘discover us’ website once a year. The carmaker refreshes the map with freshly planned stations and adjusts the timing of previously scheduled stations, which frequently go behind schedule.
Because there are so many stakeholders and a huge list of tasks to do before a new fast-charging station can operate, it may be quite challenging. Once Tesla has determined that it wants or needs to launch a new Supercharger in a certain location, it must identify a site to build on and get a contract from the property owners.
The automaker must next design the project and obtain municipal and local power utility approval. The company must next hire a local contractor to complete the installation and coordinate with the local utility to get it turned on.
If Tesla has a problem with any one of those processes, the project may be delayed significantly.
With this recent map update, we’re seeing a lot of that, as several projects that were planned in 2021 now have Q3 and Q4 2022 dates.
Tesla, on the other hand, is still rapidly expanding its network. By the end of 2021, the carmaker has increased from 23,277 Superchargers at 2,564 stations to 31,498 Superchargers at 3,476 stations.
This is a 35 percent increase year over year.
However, it lags behind car deliveries, which increased by 87 percent over the same period — on top of the fact that it is now progressively allowing non-Tesla EV owners to utilize the network. It also falls short of Tesla’s stated two-year target of tripling the Supercharger network.
Tesla appears to have added a large number of planned stations in Europe, where it is enabling non-Tesla EV owners to access the network for the first time and, as a result, where demand is likely to increase the fastest.
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