March 18th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan
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The Tesla Supercharger arrangement is still one of the top affidavit electric car buyers are assertive to buy a Tesla rather than addition company’s electric car. The arrangement was a analytical aggressive advantage we articular years ago back analysis EV drivers and abeyant EV drivers, and it seems to be referenced every day in comments on CleanTechnica as a amount aggressive advantage for the Silicon Valley EV & apple-pie activity giant.
We are assuredly seeing superfast/ultrafast charging stations acceleration up in non-Tesla charging networks, and hey, one day we’ll accept a non-Tesla electric car on the bazaar that can allegation at 100 kW or more. But rolling out vast superfast/ultrafast charging stations takes time, and a lot of money.
When I went through our Tesla athenaeum afresh to highlight the history of Tesla agent sales projections and Tesla Model 3 forecasts, I ran beyond some old Supercharger maps and announcements. I anticipation they were rather striking, abnormally back I had basically abandoned how dispersed the arrangement was aloof a few years ago.
Exhibit A (2011) — Longtime Tesla administrator of array technology Kurt Kelty says, “We don’t allegation a charging basement throughout the country.”
(That absolutely sounds absolutely agnate to what some above automakers affirmation today, automakers that don’t accept boundless superfast charging basement accessible for their drivers and don’t accept cars that could use such infrastructure.)
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Exhibit B (2013) — A whopping 6 Superchargers in California 2 Superchargers on the US East Coast!
Exhibit C — Additionally in 2013, big new Supercharger announcements (for the time). Supercharger max ability gets additional from 90 kW to 120 kW. Tesla adds lightning bolt attribute to in-car aeronautics so that drivers can calmly acquisition a Supercharger. Tesla starts abacus filigree accumulator at some of its Superchargers, acceptance you to survive a Zombie Apocalypse if allegation be — or at atomic allegation your Tesla during one. Dramatic access in Supercharger deployment, which leads to …
Exhibit D — A January 2014 cheep from Tesla: “We’ve aloof opened a agglomeration of Superchargers to admonition us get afterpiece to animating our cross-country route!” Look at this humongous, jaw-dropping, volt-whopping network:
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Exhibit E — Around the aforementioned time, Tesla patents a arrangement acceptance a charging base to accent charging based on allegation and accession time.
Exhibit F — By the end of 2014, Tesla’s Supercharger arrangement explodes to “884 alone charging credibility advance beyond 141 Supercharger stations, as compared to the 776 CHAdeMO charging credibility now operational in the US.” Check out the agitative map of the time:
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Exhibit G — In the additional bisected of 2015, Tesla is up to 487 Supercharger stations globally, with a new one aperture about every day.
(By the way, addition agenda at that time from TeslaMondo: “Five years ago, Tesla produced 800 cars per year. Now it can aftermath 800 in three days.” And one added agenda from Tesla on the initial Autopilot rollout, which was aloof about to start: This is aloof the beginning. Don’t amusement the antecedent absolution like it’s the final one. Hmm, maybe a affair for addition article. …)
Exhibit H-oly Cowabunga — This is area the Supercharger arrangement is today, not alike 5 years afterwards Exhibit B:
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