January 11, 2017

With the Model 3 expected to be delivered in the second half of this year, Tesla is looking to add as many new stalls as possible to existing Supercharger stations, it seems.

More stalls a top priority for the company

When Elon Musk first unveiled the Supercharger network, each station had around four to six stalls. These stalls were said to be the world’s fastest charging booths for Tesla’s electric vehicles, and needless to say are an integral part of the Tesla experience. Since its introduction in 2012, a lot has changed. More and more people are interested in all-electric cars, and Elon Musk these stalls eventually went up to six to eight. The number went up again last year, and now some charging stations have up to twenty stalls.

I think it’s safe to say that Tesla is at another brink of transformation: the highly-anticipated Model S is expected to launch during the second half of 2017, and that means even more people who need to use these stalls. The company has already introduced some policies like the idle fee where you will be charged for simply parking your Tesla at one of these stations.

Well, Elon Musk wants to take it one step further, it seems. In a tweet sent to a Twitter user, Elon Musk claims that “increasing capacity at existing Supercharger locations now has top priority.” That’s certainly good news for current and future owners. According to the company website, there are right now 790 Supercharger stations and 5,043 stalls where you can charge your car. Those numbers are displayed below so you can see how sparse the stations are.

However, Tesla wants to increase the number of stalls to reach a whopping 15,000 by the end of 2017, and this is what the same map of the US will look like after the expansion according to the company:

Capacity, what does that mean?

Elon Musk has already confirmed the company’s plans to expand the number of stations and chargers across the country this year. But what about the capacity of the chargers?

The latest Supercharger boasts a capacity of 145 kW, but given Musk’s tweet in which he replies to speculations about the upcoming Supercharger V3 by saying, “A mere 350 kW… what are you referring to, a children’s toy?” I think it’s safe to assume that future chargers may boast a power output that is insanely higher than the current ones.

Naturally, increased capacities mean less time spent charing, which in turn means shorter lines and less crowdedness in general. Whatever Tesla has in store for us in the coming months, Elon Musk seems to have some very big and ambitious projects in mind now that the Model 3 is one step closer to launching.

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