Tesla Supercharger Overview Updated October 6, 2021

Tesla Supercharger

See All Stories

251 'Tesla Supercharger' stories

December 2013 - September 2022

Tesla Supercharger

Tesla’s Supercharger network

The Tesla Supercharger exists as a combined network of proprietary charging stations developed and implemented by Tesla. As a result, the automaker doesn’t have to rely on third-party charging networks like most automakers producing electric vehicles currently do.

The Supercharger network was introduced in September 2012, beginning with six Supercharger stations. This debut coincided with the launch of Tesla’s Model S sedan, the first to utilize the new network.

Check out Electrek’s footage of one of the original Supercharger stations in Hawthorne, CA:

Since then, the Supercharger network has grown to over 20,000 stalls worldwide within over 2,100 stations or hubs. This includes North America, Europe, Asia, and even the Arctic Circle. Tesla recently passed 1,000 Supercharger stations in North America alone.

The average station usually features about 10 Supercharger stalls, but some stations offer many more. For example, Tesla opened a 72-stall Supercharger station in Shanghai at the end of 2020, making it the world’s largest. Currently, Tesla is working through permitting for a 62-stall station on the west side of Los Angeles that could easily make it the largest in North America.

Rendering for the proposed Supercharger station in Los Angeles

Opening the Tesla Supercharger network to other EV companies

In July of 2021, Tesla CEO ELon Musk revealed that the company was planning to open its Supercharger network to other automakers later this year.

Soon, non-Tesla owners will be able to sign up for an account through the Tesla app, then simply add a credit card and manage their charging sessions.

We later learned some of the reasoning behind this decision. By opening up its charging network to non-Tesla EVs, the automaker will gain access to $7.5 billion in EV funding from new US legislation under the Biden Administration.

Here’s the latest news to keep you in the loop surrounding Tesla’s every-growing Supercharger network:

How it works

Think of it like a gas station… but without the gas and with a much smaller footprint. Tesla Supercharger stalls can be found in parking lots of business parks, grocery stores, or in larger stations off major highways. Unlike most gas stations, Superchargers are usually available 24 hours a day, as long as they are accessible.

You pull in, find a stall, park, and plug in. Once plugged in, the vehicle’s charge port LED will flash green to indicate that charging has started. You can then monitor your charging progress on your instrument panel.

With your Tesla app, you can view stall availability, monitor your charge status, and get notified when you’re ready to go. Furthermore, there is no need to have your credit card out to swipe. Everything is charged through the Tesla app and will utilize any credits you may have. If you don’t have any credits from Tesla, the app will simply charge your designated card on file.

Tesla charging levels

It’s important to understand that Tesla Superchargers function using DC fast charging, which is currently the fastest method available for EVs. With that said, you won’t be able to pull that type of power to your Tesla at home. For those cases, drivers use Level 1 or Level 2 AC charging.

Think of Level 1 as a universal charging option. If there is a standard wall socket nearby, you will be able to charge your EV with that. With that said, 120V is the bare minimum amount of juice you can pull into your EV. So if the battery capacity of your 2021 Tesla Long Range Model 3 is 82kWh, you’re looking at days to charge, not hours.

Level 2 chargers are the most common type found at third-party charging stations. 240V plugs usually offer around 40 amps and are usually more specifically placed in homes. Think of this charger as the equivalent to your dryer or other large appliance.

Tesla suggests owners install a Level 2 charger in their home or garage if they can. This is fairly easy for an electrician or specialist to come and install. With Level 2, you’re looking at 8-12 hours to charge.

From left to right: Tesla Level 1, Level 2, and DC Supercharging

DC Superchargers

These Level 3 chargers abandon the alternating current (AC) methods above to mainline power directly. While they require a lot more power from the grid (480+ volts and 100+ amps), their output is truly “super.”

Most Tesla Superchargers can now recharge up to 200 miles of range in 15 minutes, depending on the charge rate. Superchargers also range from charging speeds of 90 kW to 250 kW, depending on the station.

It’s important to note that due to their massive direct current (DC), Superchargers are not recommended for daily charging on your Tesla. Instead, superchargers are in place to provide a quick charge for drivers on the the go, or for those on longer road trips.

According to Tesla, the peak-charging rate of the battery may decrease slightly after a large number of Supercharger sessions. To ensure maximum driving range and battery safety, the battery charge rate automatically decreases when the battery is too cold and when it is nearly full. It’s best to use a Supercharger with a low battery that has been preconditioned (if necessary).

How much to charge a Tesla?

Due to the fluidity of available electricity in various areas, that is not a simple answer. Factors such as available electricity on the grid, peak hours, and how much electricity you are transferring all play a part in the price of charging your EV on a Tesla Supercharger. All prices already include taxes and fees.

Specific pricing for each Supercharger location can be seen by tapping its pin on the navigation touchscreen. As you Supercharge, your session total is then displayed on the touchscreen.

Tesla owners are usually billed for the amount of energy delivered to their vehicle (kWh). However, some regions cannot track such utilities and prohibit this practice. As a result, Tesla offers a charge-by-the-minute model known as Time of Use (ToU).

Per Tesla’s website, here are some other pricing details to be aware of with the Supercharger program:

  • When billing per minute, there are two tiers to account for changes in charging speeds, called “tier 1” and “tier 2”.Tier 1 applies while cars are charging at or below 60 kW and tier 2 applies while cars are charging above 60 kW. Tier 1 is half the cost of tier 2.
  • Tier 1 also applies anytime your vehicle is sharing Supercharger power with another car.
  • Pricing to use a Supercharger may vary by location, and prices may change from time to time.
  • Certain Supercharger stations offer on-peak and off-peak rates. The rates and peak times are both displayed in the navigation application on the vehicle touchscreen.
  • Standard Supercharger fees apply after free Supercharging credits are used.

Idle fees

The idle fee is a protocol used to ensure as many Tesla drivers can utilize Supercharger stalls quickly and efficiently. It works by charging a fee to any EV occupying a Supercharger with a complete charging session, if the station is at least 50% full. That being said, if the Tesla is moved within five minutes of the charge session completion, the fee is waived.

This is where the Tesla app comes in handy. By monitoring your Supercharging session and alerting you to its completion (necessary range to get your your next destination), you can move your vehicle quicker to avoid idle fees.

Tesla’s proprietary connector

From day one, Tesla has chosen to pave its own way in the EV industry, and that’s no different with its Supercharger connector. This proprietary connector exists on all Tesla models in North America, although it does offer CHAdeMO and CCS adapter for certain markets.

For example, its Model 3 was built with a CCS connector for Europe. Furthermore, older European Teslas were retrofitted with adapters to support the existing connector, plus the standard CCS type 2. This helped Tesla owners utilize the growing charger network overseas.

Even after testing the connector adapter in the Korean market last December, Tesla has yet to bring it to North American drivers. In February, third-party charge network EVgo announced it would be bringing Tesla-compatible connectors to over 600 of its US charging stations.

Tesla Supercharger
The various EV charging connectors including Tesla’s

Charging from home

As previously mentioned, Tesla recommends Level 2 charging from home as the most effective method in maintaining the range and health of your battery.

Tesla currently offers an at-home wall connector unit for $500 that can be installed by any certified electrician. Furthermore, US residents can qualify for federal tax credits up to 30% for charging with an at-home unit. The wall connector can be installed indoors or out, depending on where you keep your Tesla.

Additionally, wall connectors can share their power to maximize existing electrical capacity, and can charge multiple cars simultaneously. Depending on the power available in your area at a given time, Tesla’s current wall connector can charge up to 44 miles of range per hour.

How to find a Tesla Supercharger

So now you know all there is to about Tesla’s Supercharger network, and you’re ready to try it out for yourself. There are multiple resources that are literally at your fingertips to help you find the closest charger.

First, you can use the interactive Tesla Supercharger Map on its website. This is great for mapping out longer trips ahead of time, when you have a moment to actually sit at a computer or tablet.

On the go? No worries, the Tesla app offers the same Supercharger map feature and can easily help you find a place to juice up nearby.

Additionally, your Tesla vehicle itself is the most viable option when you’re already out. Tesla’s built-in trip planner is designed to automatically route you through Superchargers on the way to your destination.

Furthermore, Tesla Supercharger locations pop up in your EV’s navigation, too. What’s even cooler is that the navigation will also display the maximum power output of each Supercharger location. That way you know you’re getting the fastest charge available before you even park.

Tesla Supercharger
Interface of Tesla’s trip planner with Superchargers

Tesla Supercharger network expansion

As you have probably seen by now, Tesla’s Supercharger network has expanded tenfold since it debuted less than a decade ago. The company continues to expand its network presence globally each month.

Furthermore, Tesla continues to both maintain and update its current Supercharger infrastructure to keep up with its advancements in battery capacities and faster charge times.

Elon Musk has recently shared that Tesla plans to open up its Supercharger network to other EV manufacturers later in 2021. How other drivers will pay remains unclear, but will likely involve creating a Tesla account and downloading the app.

Superchargers around North America will also be fitted with adapters for other EVs, as Tesla’s utilize their own unique connector.

Earlier this year, Musk shared plans to upgrade the Supercharger network to offer charging speeds up to 300 kW. In the past, Superchargers have topped out at 250 kW charging speeds, and its EVs have been designed to handle as much.

That being said, an OTA update might be required for any Teslas to even take advantage of these new charging speeds.

Most recently, Tesla deployed two Supercharger stations in Morocco, marking the automaker’s first entry into the African market. This could be a hint at future entry of selling Tesla models in Africa, but that has not been confirmed yet.

With that said, Tesla has a history of implementing Supercharger stations in markets it plans to eventually enter.

Circle back to this guide for updates on the Tesla Supercharger network as it continues to evolve.

Tesla Supercharger Stories Today

A Tesla employee was reportedly hit by a car in a bizarre ICEing incident at Supercharger station in Austin, Texas. The police are now asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories Yesterday

Tesla has announced a Supercharger price hike in California that is adding to the price increases throughout the last year. It’s still not the price of a tank of gas, but it is now starting to get expensive.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories September 19

Tesla is increasing its Supercharger prices significantly across Europe amid the energy crisis on the continent.

This follows more price increases throughout the year and around the world for Tesla’s charging network.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories September 12

Tesla’s first known Supercharger V4 station is coming to Arizona, and the plans include a Megapack and solar array – giving us a glimpse at the future of charging.

read more

Tesla Supercharger Stories September 8

Tesla announced that it is going to let people vote on Supercharger locations as it is expanding its network at an increased pace.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories August 25

Tesla is doubling Supercharger design team in Canada as it pushes to build more charging stations in the country.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories August 22

Tesla is dominating the charging experience satisfaction among EV owners, and it’s going to be a problem for charging network operators now that Supercharger is going public.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories August 17

Tesla is working on a new Supercharger membership to offer non-Tesla EV owners as it prepares to open its Supercharger network in the US.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories August 16

Tesla’s Supercharger stations that are open to non-Tesla electric vehicles are deemed “illegal” in Germany due to the lack of kWh counter on the units.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories August 4

Are gas stations doomed in the long run, or is there an opportunity to reinvent them as a fast-charging destination stop for EV drivers?

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories August 1

Tesla has decided to deploy a swimming pool at a Supercharger station in Germany as the automaker is starting to invest more into amenities around its charging stations. But that’s a whole new level of charging amenities, even for Tesla.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories July 28

Tesla has deployed large cube lounges at a Supercharger station in Germany that is equipped with automated vending machines for coffee, food, and more.

The new partnership with bk World to deploy these lounges could reshape Tesla’s Supercharger networks in regions where it is more challenging to deploy charging stations near amenities.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories July 25

Tesla has reportedly started applying for more public grants to expand its Supercharger network with the requirement that it can be used by non-Tesla electric vehicle owners.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories July 19

Tesla Supercharger V4’s design has been revealed as part of the construction plans of a new station being deployed in Danvers, Massachusetts. It’s another clean design that is reminiscent of previous chargers.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories July 8

Tesla appears to now expand its deployment of Starlink satellite internet systems at Supercharger stations as the satellite dish appears at a new station.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories July 7

Tesla is preparing to open up its Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric vehicles in the US later this year, according to a memo from the White House.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories July 1

Tesla is offering free Supercharging during off-peak hours at select locations during the 4th of July weekend to help with traffic during busy travel days.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories June 30

One of the rare Tesla Semi electric trucks came out of hiding this week to deliver pre-assembled Superchargers to the Laguna Seca racetrack in California.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories June 16

Tesla expands Supercharger pilot program for non-Tesla EV owners to Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.

The program to give access to the Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric car owners is now in most of Europe.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories June 10

Tesla announced that it has deployed its 35,000th Supercharger stall today at a new station in Wuhan, China.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories May 30

Elon Musk has long promised that Tesla will deploy solar and batteries to all its Supercharger stations in order to reduce their dependence on the grid.

It has yet to happen, and now we are seeing some examples of why it should happen sooner rather than later.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories May 23

After recently expanding its Supercharger pilot program for non-Tesla EV owners, the Supercharger network became the ‘largest 150 kW+ public fast-charging network’ in Europe overnight. It’s quite impressive that Tesla did that basically by just flipping a switch.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories May 21

Tesla has reportedly filed plans for a 29-stall supercharger and diner/drive-in theater location in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The location is at 7001 Santa Monica Boulevard at the intersection of Orange Drive.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories May 19

Tesla has started building a new Supercharger station in the Mojave Desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas that will likely become tied for the largest Supercharger station in the world.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories May 18

Tesla has significantly expanded its Supercharger pilot program for non-Tesla EV owners to several more European countries, including the UK and Spain.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories May 10

Tesla will add CCS connectors to its Supercharger stations in the United States to let non-Tesla EV owners access the extensive charging network.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories April 15

New documents show that Tesla has a major cost advantage when deploying fast-charging stations as its Superchargers cost just one-fifth of what the average competing charging networks are paying to deploy new stations.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories April 13

Tesla has announced that it is changing the timeframe of its off-peak hours at Superchargers in California to encourage owners to charge their cars later.

The automaker is still trying to tune incentives to help with traffic and costs on its vast charging networks.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories April 1

Tesla has opened its “longest Supercharger station in the world” through a growing partnership with a French supermarket company.

There are larger, bigger Supercharger stations in the world, but apparently, there are none longer.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories March 30

Tesla is “within weeks or months” to open its Supercharger network to all electric vehicle owners in the United Kingdom instead of just Tesla owners, according to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories March 7

A Tesla owner in China was surprised with a ~$600,000 bill after a stop at a Supercharger station.

The automaker says it was a bug.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories March 1

Tesla has released footage unveiling its pre-fabricated system to deploy new Supercharger stations in record time.

This new one in Florida was built in just over a week.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories February 28

Tesla has started to offer free Supercharging in several countries around Ukraine for people fleeing the country following the Russian invasion.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories February 21

Elon Musk says that Tesla is moving its plan to build a “diner and drive-in theater” at a Supercharger station in Santa Monica, California, to a new, undisclosed location in Hollywood.

It’s also not going to be a “retro-looking” one but a “futuristic” diner apparently.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories February 18

We got our Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive, estimated range of 267 miles, in June 2021. Last autumn, we took it on its first long voyage – 10 hours round trip to Florida. It did great, so when it came time to head cross country with our two cats from Florida to New Hampshire over three days, we decided to give it a go. Here’s how it went!

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories February 14

Tesla announced that it is expanding access to the Supercharger network for non-Tesla electric cars to all stations in the Netherlands.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories February 7

Tesla was the victim of a theft that resulted in having to shut down a brand new Supercharger station, as all the cables on the eight stalls were cut off.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories February 3

Tesla has released an updated version of its Supercharger map with many new upcoming stations added and updated timelines for expected completion.

The automaker aims to triple the size of its Supercharger network.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories January 31

Tesla has officially expanded its pilot program to open Superchargers to electric vehicles from other manufacturers in Norway and France.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories January 20

Tesla has started construction on a new, much-needed giant Supercharger station in Santa Monica. The station was also supposed to include the automaker’s 1950s restaurant, but now it’s not clear if the diner is still in the plans.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories January 4

Tesla announced that it installed a new Supercharger station in Hawaii, which means that the Supercharger network is now “officially” in all 50 states.

I say “officially” in quotes because technically, there was already a station in Hawaii, but there was a big caveat.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories December 23, 2021

Tesla has applied to install Supercharger stations in Texas with CCS connectors, which would be a first in the US.

The move comes as Tesla is planning to open its Supercharger network to other automakers.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories December 18, 2021

Tesla announced that it is going to offer free Supercharging during off-peak hours for the holidays in order to help curb traffic at charging stations.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories December 9, 2021

Tesla is doubling down on a system to prevent people from blocking or “ICEing” Supercharger stalls and even integrates it into its mobile app.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories December 6, 2021

Tesla is looking to expand its pilot program testing the opening of the Supercharger network to electric vehicles from other automakers in Norway.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories November 24, 2021

Tesla announced that it is offering free Supercharging during off-peak hours in California to help alleviate holiday traffic and avoid long wait times at Superchargers.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories November 23, 2021

Ford has started installing its Tesla Supercharger lookalike charging stations as the automaker insists on copying the design instead of the business model.

expand full story

Tesla Supercharger Stories November 19, 2021

Tesla has deployed a new Supercharger station in Alaska. It’s the first in the state and now means there is a Supercharger station in every state.

expand full story

Powered by WordPress VIP