The Anatomy of the Tesla Supercharger Network
Tesla cars have some of the longest ranges of all EVs on the modern market. This alone is enough to put any fears of range anxiety to bed, so Tesla’s immense Supercharger network is simply the cherry on top!
Tesla’s Supercharger network is the largest global, fast-charging network in the world. Not only is the network vast, but it is fast. In just 15 minutes, you can add up to 200 miles of electric range.
According to Tesla "with [Tesla’s] reliable global network, you can go anywhere and conveniently fast charge". At Lease Fetcher, we decided to put that claim to the test by laying bare the true anatomy of the Tesla Supercharger network.
In this article, we look at:
Tesla plans to boost their Supercharger Network by 30.96% by the end of 2022
With global sales of Tesla cars skyrocketing, and therefore more competition for existing charging points, Tesla has some good news!
Tesla has announced plans to expand their existing global Supercharger network by 30.96% by the end of 2022.
Currently, they have 3,382 charging sites worldwide, each with multiple charging points, with plans to add an additional 1,047 sites.
Most funding will be injected into European countries where the total number of live charging locations has recently surpassed the 700 mark. Tesla has planned to increase European stock of Superchargers by 36.5%. It makes sense to focus on Europe, with countries like Norway and the Netherlands leading the world in EV adoption.
China will see the next highest level of funding, with a planned 33.7% increase in their Supercharger network.
USA will experience the third highest expansion - Tesla has announced that 23% more Superchargers will be added to the American network.
Percentage Increase in Coming Soon Locations
The table below is ordered by percentage increase in 'Coming Soon' locations for all countries with at least 10 Live Charging Locations.
|Pos||Geographic Location||Country||Coming Soon Locations||Live Charging Locations||Total (Inc Coming Soon)||Increase in Coming Soon Locations (%)|
|10||Asia Pacific||South Korea||19||57||76||33.3|
|16||Asia Pacific||New Zealand||3||13||16||23.1|
|17||North America||United States||279||1,215||1,494||23|
USA & China make up 68.7% of all Tesla Supercharger Points
To date, Tesla has installed 30,168 Supercharger charging points across 3,382 locations.
As the birthplace of Tesla, it’s no surprise that the United States is home to 40.85% of these points (12,325).
With the highest global population and accounting for around 21% of Tesla’s total sales, China is home to 27.85% (8,401) of all Tesla Supercharger points.
Combined, this comes to 20,726 points - or just over two-thirds of all Tesla Supercharger charging points.
Europe combined follows with 23.7% (7,149) of all Supercharger charging points.
Top 20 Countries By Percentage of Worldwide Points
The table below details the Top 20 Countries ordered by Percentage of Worldwide Points.
|Pos||Geographic Location||Country||Live Charging Locations||Total Points||Percentage of Worldwide Points (%)|
|1||North America||United States||1,215||12,325||40.85|
|11||Asia Pacific||South Korea||57||333||1.10|
You’re more likely to find an unoccupied charging point in the Netherlands than anywhere else in the world
Nothing is worse than turning up at a charging station and finding all the points are occupied. The ratio of charging stations to charging points is important for EV drivers battling range anxiety.
The Netherlands steams ahead with the most convenient ratio, of 15.7 points per station.
Norway follows with 13.5 points per station, and Denmark flanks with 13 points per station.
Europe as a whole has a decent ratio of 10.1 points per station. The USA matches this with 10.1 points, and then China follows with an average of 7.4 points per station.
Average Charging Points Per Live Charging Locations
The table below details the ratio of charging stations to charging points for all countries with at least 10 Live Charging Locations.
|Pos||Geographic Location||Country||Live Charging Locations||Total Points||Live Locations : Charging Points|
|8||North America||United States||1,215||12,325||10.1|
|18||Asia Pacific||South Korea||57||333||5.8|
|21||Asia Pacific||New Zealand||13||59||4.5|
Canada has the most technologically advanced Supercharger Network in the world
In 2019, Tesla introduced the V3 Supercharger which is said to cut charging time by 50% to around 15 minutes. V3 units are designed to allow Tesla batteries to charge at the full power their battery can manage, rather than splitting it with the cars charging nearby.
Older versions of the Tesla Model S and Model X received over-the-air updates to take advantage of these faster charging speeds, and all new Teslas can now charge at a maximum of 250kW - the maximum charging speed of a V3 charger. This means almost anybody with a Tesla can benefit from the new charging standard.
Currently, 37.4% of Tesla’s Supercharger network is formed of V3 Chargers.
Canadian Tesla drivers are best placed to take advantage of this - 48.1% of the entire Supercharger network in Canada is composed of V3 chargers.
China comes next with 42.9%, then South Korea with 42.1%.
Composition of V3 Superchargers by Country
The following table shows the composition of V3 Superchargers for all countries that have at least 10 Live V3 Superchargers.
|Pos||Geographic Location||Country||Live Charging Locations||250kW||V3 Supercharger Network (%)|
|3||Asia Pacific||South Korea||57||24||42.1|
|6||North America||United States||1,215||451||37.1|
Whilst the Tesla Supercharger network is the strongest in the world, there is a long way to go to ready it for a complete mass market.
Its growth so far has certainly made it easier for drivers in Tesla’s most profitable countries, namely the US and China.
The coverage remains a little patchy, with long distances between Superchargers even in areas where Tesla is most popular. However, Tesla’s expansion plans will go a long way to fill in the gaps.
Only time will tell how their rollout in future years will help equalise access to Superchargers around the world!
- The data for this campaign was scraped from the Tesla Superchargers section of the Tesla website.
- The available China data was gathered from the Tesla China domain as it was confirmed to be more up-to-date and accurate by a Senior Chinese Tesla journalist. The China domain also combines all Chinese Provinces together.
- The ‘Percentage of V3 Superchargers by Country’ table only includes countries with at least 10 Live V3 Superchargers.
- The rest of the tables only include countries with at least 10 Live Charging Stations.
- Data collected correect as of 01/12/21 December
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