Tesla has announced that they intend to triple the size of their Supercharger network within two years.
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The problem is, in certain areas, electric vehicle owners must wait a significantly longer time to charge their vehicle. When traffic congestion is bad, these wait times only elongate.
According to Tesla’s senior vice president of powertrain and battery engineering, Drew Baglino, they are well aware of the congestion issues. Tesla’s own supercharging team monitors the backup and is concurrently planning for expansion.
Their goal is to provide a positive experience for all Tesla customers, which includes minimal wait times for supercharging.
“We are executing on accelerating expansion plans globally. The network has doubled in the last 18 months, and we are planning to triple it over the next two years.”
— Drew Baglino, Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Battery Engineering, Tesla
In the US, Tesla has been hiring charging design managers who are responsible for opening new Supercharger stations. They started hiring more people after Tesla began allowing EVs from other companies to use their Supercharger network.
Tesla has currently planted 29,281 Superchargers and 3,254 locations worldwide. While this number is significantly higher than it was a year ago, they will need to increase their efforts exponentially if they are to triple their Supercharger network over the next two years.