Tesla today announced that it has already reached 20,000 Superchargers built worldwide. In recent times the expansion of this own charging network has slowed slightly due to the arrival of the new V3 Superchargers, capable of providing a maximum power of 250 kW to specific brand models.
At the end of 2019, Tesla had just over 15,000 Superchargers spread across a total of 1,716 stations. In recent weeks the company has accelerated the installation of new points, trying to compensate for the delay derived from third-generation chargers’ arrival. Initially, this pace should be maintained over the next few months.
Tesla is making a significant effort to maintain its service capacity in parallel with its increasing sales in the most important markets of the planet (China, Europe, and the United States). Not surprisingly, the Superchargers network is one of the company’s central differential values in the face of a competition that is increasingly tightening.
In parallel, the brand is also expanding its network of Destination Chargers, which are found in hotels, restaurants, parking lots, and similar establishments, allowing customers to charge (at a much slower speed than Superchargers, yes) in their destination comfortably, without having to worry about the still limited public infrastructure.
20k Superchargers and counting pic.twitter.com/urudyt9Eui— Tesla (@Tesla) November 8, 2020
Besides, Tesla is also preparing the fourth generation (V4) Superchargers. Although it is not clear when they will begin to be deployed, recently Jerome Guillen (right hand of Elon Musk, CEO of the firm) confirmed that they will reach a power of 350 kW, matching networks like IONITY.
The jump to 350 kW could mean that Tesla will finally bet on equipping its vehicles with 800 volt electrical systems, a solution that Porsche already uses and that in the short term will reach other brands such as Hyundai, KIA, Lucid or Maserati, among others. What will be the first models to be able to charge at this power? Probably the impending Model S Plaid and Cybertruck.