Sebastian Jimenez

Elon Musk: Tesla double its Supercharger capacity in 2019

Range anxiety just being a legitimate concern among potential Tesla buyers. And for good reason, nobody wants to be stranded in the middle of nowhere without leaving a load and without a charging station in sight. In an effort to address this concern, Tesla, a few years ago, began cunningly deploying a network of Supercharger stations where Tesla owners could load their vehicle in a relatively short period of time.

In recent years, Tesla's Supercharger network has expanded considerably throughout the world. As a benchmark, Tesla in 2014 had installed a total of 221 Supercharger stations. For 2018, the number of Supercharger stations jumped to 1,375. However, Tesla does not intend to reduce its deployment of Supercharger stations, especially in view of the number of Tesla vehicles more on the road these days thanks to the popularity of Model 3.

In light of that, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said recently that the electric car manufacturer plans to significantly expand its Supercharger network. Taking Twitter, Musk specifically stated that Tesla's Supercharger network will double by the end of 2019. In addition, Musk said that 95% to 100% of people in "active markets" will be "within range" of a charging station on next year. According to the Tesla website, the company now has 1,375 Supercharger stations worldwide with 11,414 individual Superchargers.

Nor is it worth it that Tesla plans to launch next year a version of the next generation of its Supercharger network that can load vehicles at a much faster rate.

By the way, with the amount of Teslas on the road exploding, Tesla this year finished the free charge for new buyers of Model S and Model X.