A Supercharger is a 480-volt direct current fast-charging technology built by American vehicle manufacturer, Tesla, Inc., all-inclusive for their electric cars. It was introduced on September 24, 2012, with six different stations and currently, Tesla operates over 23,277 Superchargers worldwide.
Model S was the first EV to use the Supercharger network, followed by the Model X, Model 3, and Model Y. However, just last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that fast-charging stations would be open to other types of electric vehicles. And to achieve that, the company needs to open more networks all over the world.
The Amazing Tesla Supercharger Networks
Superchargers can add up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Since charging above 80 percent is rarely necessary, stops are typically short and convenient. With a broad network of fast charging, automatic battery preconditioning, and the exceptional range of every Tesla car, you’ll spend even more time on the road.
The goal of the Supercharger network is to enable freedom of travel for Tesla owners at a fraction of the cost of gasoline. Reduce your cost per mile and never pay for gas again.
Opportunity for Other EVs
Tesla confirmed plans to open the Supercharger network to other automakers with a Tweet saying, “We’re making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year.”
Suppose Tesla opens up significant numbers of its charging stations in the US. In that case, it may tap into new government funding such as grants, tax credits, rebates, or green energy credits, which it can sell to companies that need them to offset their environmental impact.
It’s hard to put a number on that value, but there’s no doubt at this point that Tesla’s Supercharger network is the most extensive electric vehicle fast-charging network in the world.