Elon Musk knew that in order for the Tesla Model S to be successful, the automaker would have to build a massive network of Superchargers to support the electric car. In September of 2012, Musk revealed the first six Superchargers had already been installed along the California coast, with many more to come.
Today there are more than 2,000 Superchargers spread out across four continents, with Tesla opening a new station every week and the largest station installed in Italy, of all places. As the above video reveals though, it’s only been in the past year or so that Supercharger installations have really picked up the pace, going from a relatively few to almost completely covering Tesla’s most popular markets. And soon, they could all (or at least, mostly) be solar powered.
Able to deliver up to 120 kW of DC power, the Supercharger can deliver an 80% charge to the 85 kWh battery pack in about thirty minutes, good enough for about 180 miles of driving. A full charge will take an additional half an hour, but even then, it’s the best bang-for-your-buck in terms of EV fast charging. And where once there were just a handful, Superchargers are now just about everywhere that Teslas are.
And soon, I’ll probably be able to write that Superchargers are everywhere, because that’s where Tesla seems to be heading.