Guess Who's Building The World's Biggest Supercharging Station

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We're talking at least 100 charging stalls.

General Motors owned the news spotlight over the past week following the reveal of the GMC Hummer EV SUV and the Silverado EV announcement. But there's a certain other automaker that continues to be a thorn in GM's side (and all other legacy brands). Tesla remains the global market EV leader and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week it added $50 billion to its value, now rated at $660 billion. To compare, GM is barely worth $90 billion. Tesla is unafraid of rivals and even welcomes them.

Another critical area where Tesla leads is charging infrastructure. It currently has 16,103 superchargers strategically located throughout the world, 908 of which are in the US. That number will soon increase to 918.

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Electrek reports the carmaker is currently expanding its Supercharger station at the Harris Ranch restaurant in Coalinga, California, located directly between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. This charging station already exists and is actually one of the oldest. It'll soon become the largest.

At present, there are only 18 charging stalls but Tesla is expanding that to 100, surpassing the largest 72-stall charging station in Shanghai. All of the new 82 Superchargers will be 250-kW units instead of the 120-kW Superchargers in Shanghai. This means a Tesla Model 3 Long Range can recover up to 75 miles of charge in only five minutes.

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Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant/Facebook
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"We are excited to announce that Tesla has applied for the construction of the world's largest Supercharger, which could consist of more than 100 stalls, and will be located right here at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, California," the restaurant wrote in a post on its Facebook page.

Tesla's plans on the restaurant's grounds go beyond the additional chargers. It will also install a new stationary energy storage unit on the site as part of a larger effort to help reduce the load on the grid and bring down costs. Neither Tesla nor Harris Ranch stated when construction for both projects will get underway, but the automaker has a track record of moving fast with build projects, such as the Berlin and Austin, Texas Gigafactories that are both under construction.

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Source Credits: Electrek

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