Tesla introduced the first V3 Supercharger at its factory in Fremont, California, just a few months ago, but the company is already moving forward in the first concentrated construction of the third generation of its fast-charging stations. That is because 26 of the 46 charging stations currently being built along the Trans-Canada transcontinental highway are V3 loaders, according to Tesla The Verge .
The new V3 chargers are capable of charging some 3 models at rates of up to 250kW, which makes it possible to gain 75 miles of range in just five minutes. So far, the company has opened only a few V3 Supercharging stations (including one in Las Vegas) beyond the original at the Fremont plant.
The news comes when Tesla celebrates the seventh anniversary of the first Supercharger stations. week. In the time since the company started those first fast chargers in 2012, Tesla went on to build one of the largest electric vehicle charger networks in the world, with 14,081 Superchargers in 1,604 stations in 36 countries .
Tesla tells The Verge has seen more than 30 million charging sessions in its fast chargers since The first one was launched in 2012. The company says its Supercharger network handles an average of 64,000 sessions per day and distributes a total of approximately 2.25GWh of energy per day, which means that users take approximately 35kWh of energy during a session of average load.
Depending on the model, Tesla vehicles have battery capacities ranging from 50kWh to 100kWh. While there is an obvious psychological appeal to refill your car completely (just as it would fill a car's gas tank with a combustion engine until the end), the numbers Tesla provided mean that a large number of customers only charge enough to get where we want to go, it is not clear if it is because they do not want to wait for a full charge or because they are happy enough to take some extra miles before returning home to finish charging the battery overnight.
These numbers in some context, ChargePoint, which controls one of the most widely distributed freight networks in the world, has more than 1,476 fast chargers worldwide and 100,700 chargers in total, according to its most recent monthly fact sheet. The California-based cargo company says it has driven more than 62,879,120 cargo sessions in the 12 years since its foundation.
But since the overwhelming majority of ChargePoint chargers are of the slower Level 2 variety, the company's network has delivered only 563,125MWh of power during that time, less than half of the power of the network. from Tesla produces in a single day. According to these numbers, the average load session on the existence of ChargePoint is closer to 9kWh.
Other comparisons are difficult to make. When asked, EVgo could only share the number of charging stations in its network, and Volkswagen's Electrify America said "we don't provide usage data."
Tesla may have outperformed other cargo networks in the past seven years, but like several of the company's efforts, the original vision was even greater. In the 2012 blog post announcing the first Superchargers, Tesla promised the ability to drive "anywhere in the country with pure sunlight for free."
The company also said it wanted to equip the Superchargers with SolarCity solar panels (which at that time was still a few years after being acquired by Tesla), with the aim of "generating [ing] more energy from the sun over the course than one year that the Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger consume, "resulting in" a slight network the positive transfer of sunlight generated energy back to the power grid. "
"I think this day will actually become quite historic, I think at least on par with the SpaceX coupling with the Space Station earlier this year," said CEO Elon Musk in the 2012 presentation. [19659015OfcoursethefreeSuperchargingfinallydisappearedandonlyreappearedfromtimetotimeasanincentivefornewbuyersonlyaboutsixofthestationsconnectedtoasolarpanelconfigurationin2017andTeslahasnotshownaSuperchargerconfigurationcompletelyoutofthenetworkTherearesomemorestationswithsolarpanelsbutitisclearthatTeslaisstillfarfromcomplyingwiththeimagethatMuskpaintedin2012
Even so, Tesla Superchargers tend to stand out in both most important things: reliable coverage and get as much juice as possible in a short period of time Other charging networks (like Electrify America) are online, and that's true The balance will change in the coming years, especially since they tend to work with multiple brands and models. But by the time they are built, there will also be more electric cars on the road to charge. Perhaps by then, statistics such as loading time and coverage maps matter a little less than they do today.