Tesla Supercharger factory: 10,000 charging columns per year

 

Tesla has quickly built a Supercharger factory in China, which is now starting production. The number of charging stations will grow rapidly from now on.

Building its own network of charging stations is an important part of Tesla’s success. While all the other automakers were pushing the chicken-and-egg problem, Tesla didn’t care whether electric cars had to roll off the assembly line first, or whether there had to be a large number of charging stations first: The Californians simply built both. And Tesla keeps up the pressure: The electric carmaker develops and produces the Supercharger charging stations itself – now it has opened a new Supercharger plant in China, which should massively accelerate the growth of the global Supercharger network.

Tesla has built the charging station factory in record time – but that much time is needed: To mark the start of production, there’s a Supercharger festively draped in a red cloth.

Tight schedule met early

Tesla first built its Superchargers at its main plant in Fremont, California, then production moved to Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York State. The factory, leased by Tesla subsidiary SolarCity, makes photovoltaic equipment, including solar panels that look like roof tiles. In 2020, Tesla announced plans to raise a Supercharger factory near its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China. Tesla has now delivered on its promise to start production there as early as February 2021.


Tesla Supercharger

Within the past eight years, Tesla has installed 20,000 Superchargers worldwide (the picture shows a parking lot with Superchargers in England). The new factory builds 10,000 Superchargers per year.

High production volume

In Shanghai, Tesla is building its V3 Supercharger, which has been in use since 2019 and is equipped with the Californians’ most advanced charging technology. A total of 10,000 Superchargers are expected to be built in China per year – by comparison, Tesla has installed 20,000 Superchargers worldwide in the past eight years. So the high output of the new factory should greatly accelerate the expansion of Tesla’s charging network.

Survey

Sure – as busy as they are building the charging stations, there should be a sufficient supply of charging points.

No – with currently 500,000 new Teslas but only 10,000 charging stations per year, I can’t imagine that.

Conclusion

A lot of electric cars need a lot of charging stations – pictures of Teslas waiting in long lines in front of charging stations don’t make people want to use electromobility.

So Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pushing hard to expand the Supercharger network: His Chinese Supercharger factory, which went up in record time, can now produce half as many charging stations within a year as Tesla has installed in the past eight years. In this way, Tesla is alleviating the range anxiety of existing and potential customers and helping to further improve the acceptance of electromobility.

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