Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Tesla begins Supercharger network city expansion with Chicago and Boston

Tesla begins Supercharger network city expansion with Chicago and Boston

Tesla Inc.is building electric charging stations in city centers to attract urban buyers who don't have a garage to charge in.

CEO Elon Musk later confirmed the expansion via Twitter. Urban Supercharger stations will also be placed at supermarkets and shopping malls, allowing people to charge their cars while they run errands, the company said.

Tesla said earlier this year that it planned to double its Supercharger network to 10,000 by the end of this year.

The pricing will be the same as other Supercharging stations.

Superchargers in urban areas have a new post design that occupies less space and is easier to install, making them ideal for dense, highly populated areas. "This creates a consistent, predictable charging experience with an average Supercharging session lasting around 45-50 minutes in city centers".

While city-center Superchargers will help solve a crucial problem for those customers who can't easily recharge at home or work, home will remain the primary place for most owners to do so. The new Supercharger will deliver 72 kW of power and unaffected by "charge splitting" wherein a Supercharger's power is reduced if another vehicle plugs into an adjacent charger.

Tesla shares were up 4.92% to $360.05 in afternoon trading Monday. Tesla bills them as the public equivalent of the Level 2 charger most owners of its vehicles have installed at home, where they'd typically recharge overnight.

The stations, being installed in places including Boston and Chicago, will be ready to go on Monday. There have already been reports of localized congestion from Model S and Model X owners at certain high-traffic Supercharger points, something which would only be exacerbated as Model 3 drivers joined the queues.

The burgeoning electric auto market has a way to go before it's on par with traditional petrol and diesel vehicles in the USA, but sales are looking promising, with Tesla helping to drive fully electric model sales up 47 percent so far in 2017.

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