Tesla unveiled the first V3 supercharger at the Fremont, California plant just a few months ago, but the company is already making progress on the first concentrated build-out of the third generation of fast charging stations. That's because 26 of the 46 charging stations currently is being built along the transcontinental Trans-Canada Highway are V3 chargers, Tesla says The edge.
The new V3 chargers are able to charge some Model 3 & # 39; s at speeds up to 250 kW, making it possible to reach a 75-mile range in just five minutes. So far the company has only opened one few others V3 Supercharging stations (including one in Las Vegas) beyond the original at the Fremont plant.
The news comes when Tesla celebrates the seven-year anniversary of the first Supercharger stations this week. In the time since the company first lifted the first fast chargers in 2012, Tesla has built one of the largest networks of EV chargers in the world, with 14,081 superchargers over 1,604 stations in 36 Nations.
Tesla tells The edge it has seen more than 30 million charging sessions on its fast chargers since the first was introduced in 2012. The company says its Supercharger network processes an average of 64,000 sessions per day and uses a total of around 2.25 GWh of energy per day – meaning that users use around 35 kWh of energy during an average charging session.
Depending on the model, Tesla vehicles have a battery capacity between 50kWh and 100kWh. Although there is a clear psychological appeal to fully charge your car (just as you would top up the fuel tank of an internal combustion engine), the figures that Tesla gave mean that many customers only charge enough to get to where they are. Whether that is because they do not want to wait for a full charge, or because they are lucky enough to just make a few extra miles before they go home to fill the battery overnight is unclear.
To place some of these numbers in a specific context, ChargePoint – which manages one of the most widely distributed charging networks in the world – has more than 1,476 fast chargers worldwide and 100,700 chargers in total, according to the most recent monthly factsheet. The California-based charging company says it has provided more than 62,879,120 charging sessions in the 12 years since it was founded.
But since the vast majority of ChargePoint chargers are of the slower level 2 type, the company's network at that time has only supplied 563,125 MWW of energy – less than half the energy that Tesla & # 39; s network has on one day delivers. Based on those figures, the average charging session about the existence of ChargePoint is closer to 9 kWh.
Tesla may have been faster than other charging networks in the past seven years, but just like some of the company's efforts, the original vision was even greater. In the Blog post of 2012 announcing the first Superchargers, Tesla promised the possibility of "driving everywhere in the country with free sunlight."
The company also said it wanted to equip Superchargers with solar panels from SolarCity (which at that time was a few years away from the takeover by Tesla), with the aim of "generating more energy from the sun (in the course of a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger, "resulting in" a small network positive transfer of sunlight generated energy back to the electricity grid. "
"I think this day will actually be quite historic, I think it is at least comparable to SpaceX docking with the space station earlier this year," CEO Elon Musk said at the 2012 unveiling.
Of course, free Supercharging eventually left, alone reappear from time to time as an incentive for new buyers. Nothing but about six of the stations were connected to a solar panel installation in 2017and Tesla has not shown a fully off-grid Supercharger setup. There are still a few stations with solar panels, but it is clear that Tesla is still far removed from the image that Musk painted in 2012.
Yet the Superchargers from Tesla tend to excel in the two things that matter most: get reliable coverage and get as much juice as possible in a short time. Other charging networks (such as Volkswagen & # 39; s Electrify America) are coming online and that will certainly shift the balance in the coming years, especially as they tend to work with multiple brands and models. But by the time they are built, there are also more electric cars on the road to charge. Perhaps statistics such as loading time and coverage cards are slightly less important by that time than today.