Tesla Makes A Big Push For Supercharging Stations In Urban Areas


It’s little steps like these that lay the foundation for Tesla’s world domination.

Tesla’s success can’t quite be pinned on any single aspect about the company. Rather, it’s the collection of shining qualities, from electric torque that can lay Lamborghini Aventador SVs to waste all the way to the Supercharger network that all but eliminates one of the major pitfalls of owning an electric car: range. Even with some of the best range offerings in the industry, current battery technology can’t compete with a gasoline car's refueling times, which is why Elon Musk has spent billions on the system.

He began by making an American pastime, the cross-country road trip, possible behind the wheel of a Tesla. City dwellers could wait. After all most of them just plug their Model S sedans and Model X SUVs into their home chargers at night, but life is a circumstantial thing and sometimes it gets hairy. Now that most of flyover country has had its Supercharger station gaps filled, Tesla will focus on filling large dense cities with more of these stations in order to help owners top off in case they don't have enough juice to cross town. The first cities on the list? Chicago and Boston, with convenient locations like supermarkets, shopping centers, and downtown districts being the first to get them.

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In a detailed blog post Tesla said, “Superchargers in urban areas have a new post design that occupies less space and is easier to install, making them ideal for dense, highly populated areas. To increase efficiency and support a high volume of cars, these Superchargers have a new architecture that delivers a rapid 72 kilowatts of dedicated power to each car. This means charging speeds are unaffected by Tesla vehicles plugging into adjacent Superchargers, and results in consistent charging times around 45 to 50 minutes for most drivers.” With battery technology getting better by the day, improving range and charge times, it’s investments like these that will lay the ground for a Tesla takeover once the Model 3 is on the ground.