Today Tesla announced some exciting news, revealing that they plan to widely increase the capacity of their charging infrastructure, the Supercharger network.
This Supercharger currently provides users of Tesla’s vehicles with a way to get their car charged when they are on the go, providing them with similar mileage to gas-guzzling cars, but without the cost to the environment.
Currently, there are around 5,000 Supercharger installations around the globe and by the end of the year, Tesla plans to increase this to 10,000 Superchargers worldwide.
They also plan to increase the amount of destination charging connectors around the world, which are the commercial equivalents of the EV chargers that you will sometimes find in people’s houses.
There is over 9,000 destination charging connectors installed currently and Tesla plans to increase this to over 15,000 by the end of the year, with a 150 percent increase in North America and 1,000 in California alone.
This is all part of Tesla’s big expansion plans, which are to get electric vehicles pretty much everywhere int he world, eventually helping to reduce carbon emissions.
Tesla first kicked off the Supercharger program in 2012, and so it has already taken them five years to reach 5,000 supercharger installs, so you would be right in thinking that a year seems a little under expectations for another 5,000 Superchargers on top of the currently installed chargers.
But because Tesla has got way more popular over the last few years and that it will involve increasing the capacity at existing sites and adding more in denser areas, it is entirely possible that Tesla might reach this goal, although they do have a habit of under-estimating.
Of course, this is something that they would need given the potential demands of the Model 3, which Tesla hopes will reach as many as 500,000 units a year.
We will keep you updated as we hear more.