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Tesla Plans To Launch 18,000 Superchargers By End Of 2018

By Brian Spaen

With the recent release of the Model 3, Tesla has a lot of motivation to get Superchargers launched all over the world. Elon Musk revealed at last week’s release party that in order to meet the needs of all Model 3 units being shipped, they want to reach 18,000 Superchargers by the end of 2018. Assuming they can nearly reach a prior goal to hit five figures by the end of the year, that’s a pretty obtainable outcome.

Superchargers refer to each stall at a Tesla Supercharger station, giving owners the ability to use the manufacturer’s Model S and Model X units to charge up their cars extremely quickly. Just how fast is it? They can add 170 miles in 30 minutes, which is enough to get you a good distance. A mobile app will be able to daisy-chain stations along trips so owners wouldn’t be caught in a tight spot when driving outside the initial charge range. If you're not in an urban area, you're still in luck; even in the nation’s heartland, there are plenty of stations along major highways.

However, a common issue has been that Superchargers in urban areas are constantly full. Musk mentioned at the Model 3 release that he gets questioned and name-called about capacity all the time on Twitter. He then noted: “By the end of next year, there will be three times as many Superchargers as there are today. So that should really help out a lot.”