Expansion Of The Supercharging Network Lags Behind Tesla Sales?
Tesla Supercharging, which began in September 2012, is one of the world's largest fast-charging networks for electric cars, but does it keep up with the demand as Tesla car sales continue to grow?
In recent years, the network has expanded to 35,000 individual connectors (stalls), which are available exclusively to Tesla cars (with the exception of a pilot program for non-Tesla vehicles in some European countries).
In conjunction with sales data, we track the number of Tesla cars on the road in relation to Supercharging stations and stalls quarterly.
The network is not expanding as fast as Tesla's car sales, regardless of the strong growth of new Supercharging sites.
There are over 700 Tesla cars per charging station, almost 80 per stall By the end of the first quarter of 2022, Tesla had sold 2.64 million units and had 3,724 charging stations (with 33,657 individual connectors).
Globally, there were 78.6 Tesla cars per one stall and 711 Tesla cars per one station (without accounting for geographic distribution).
The numbers are significantly higher than a few years ago. Compared to Q1 2018, the average number of cars per station more than doubled (up 130% from 34 to 78.6). The ratio of connectors almost tripled, from 263 to 711 (up 170%).
A higher number of Tesla drivers per station/stall means that the infrastructure is less available (a higher probability that most/all stalls will be occupied), especially at peak times.