Elon Musk plans to increase number of stalls at existing charging stations

Published By: Eunice Gettys on January 11, 2017 09:05 am EST

Since last year, Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) has been striving to increase the number of charging stalls at its new and existing Supercharger stations worldwide and opened its biggest fast-DC charging location with 20 stalls in Nebbenes, Norway. With just months left to the launch of its mass-market vehicle the Model 3, the company plans to make the expansion of its existing charging stations “top priority,” Electrek reported.

When the company started building its Supercharger network in the US in 2012, it mainly constructed four-six stalls per station. The number gradually increased to six-to eight stalls and two-to-four stalls were dedicated for small station mostly located at the automaker’s sales and service locations. Now, even a 12-stall Supercharger have become common across the globe, as the company works to open its second 20-stall charging station in Fremont, CA, home to its car manufacturing facility.

Yesterday, a follower asked Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, on Twitter about Tesla’s plan to increase number of stalls at those small locations and this is what he said:

@matt_mantyla @TeslaMotors Increasing capacity at existing Supercharger locations now has top priority. Some are overflowing while a nearby one is empty.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2017

Tesla has been focusing to reduce the congestion at Supercharger stations that is could worsen with the upcoming Model 3 scheduled for launch late 2017. The company introduced a new idle fee for Tesla owners who misuse the stations treating them as parking spot. Additionally, it plans to end the unlimited, free Supercharging for all the vehicles ordered after January 15, giving them a yearly quota of free Supercharging.

The Supercharger Credit program will be launched simultaneously allowing new owners to using the network, while paying for it. The money coming from the Supercharger Credit sales will be used to continue the expansion of the Global Supercharger Network.

Currently, the company has 804 fast-DC charging station with about 5,000 stalls in three continents: North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, according to Supercharge.info. The number of charging stalls is expected to triple over the next 11 months to 15,000. The automaker is also working on Supercharger V3 which will have power output of over 350kW and will be powered by solar panels and Powerpack 2.