Tesla: Supercharger Network To Double Next Year

By Annie Baker ● November 22, 2018

Tesla Motors has plans to double its Supercharge network year, according to CEO Elon Musk. Musk said that this would cover “95% to 100%” of the population in all active markets.

Electrek reported that Tesla was aiming to have 10,000 Superchargers set up around the world by the end of last year. But it was short by several thousand Superchargers.

And at the end of 2018, Tesla wanted to have 18,000 Superchargers set up across the globe. Currently, Tesla has around 11,400 Superchargers across 1,390 stations.

Supercharger V3

Plus Tesla is planning to release Supercharger V3 next year, which is a faster charging station that has a higher charge rate. Originally, Tesla was planning to release the Supercharger V3 last summer and then it got delayed to the end of the year.

Musk did not disclose how much faster it would be. The current Supercharger support 120 kilowatts of charging power and can recharge a Tesla vehicle in 30 minutes.

Potential Discussions With Daimler 

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently said that Mercedes-Benz is interested in working with Tesla again. And Musk tweeted that he is going to reach out to Daimler to potentially collaborate on an electric version of the Sprinter van.

Tesla and Daimler have a relationship that goes back years. For example, Tesla Motors was the supplier for electric powertrains used in the electric Smart cars and electric Mercedes-Benz B-Class, according to a tweet by Musk via Electrek.

In 2009, Daimler invested $50 million in Tesla for about a 9% stake.  Daimler sold its stake in Tesla in 2014 for $780 million and ended its powertrain supply contract with the company.