Since its launch in 2012, Tesla’s Supercharger network has grown to include more than 5,400 charging outlets across the globe. Not a bad effort in a five-year time frame, but the company is eyeing some rapid growth, today confirming plans to double that number in the space of a year.
Superchargers are charging outlets for owners of Tesla vehicles and are billed as a way to get them back on the road sooner than other EV chargers might allow. They provide up to 170 mi (273 km) of range on as little as 30 minutes of charging and are a key ingredient in the company’s push to make electric cars more convenient, and therefore more appealing.
It still emphasizes that the best way to keep a Tesla running is to plug it in at home overnight. This point was driven home earlier in the year when it introduced a fee for Supercharger use. This move was designed to shape owner behavior rather than improve Tesla’s bottom-line, and position Superchargers as back-up options rather than a primary means of charging.
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