- Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network is what sets the company apart from the electric-vehicle competition.
- Other automakers have partnered with charging operations and have explored their own solutions, but only Tesla has a vast network in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia that’s fully integrated with the company’s vehicles.
- Supercharging allows Tesla owners to be one-car EV customers; other charge systems favor EVs with less range that require backup vehicles for longer trips.
- The Supercharger network has come under stress as Tesla has sold more vehicles, and the company has had to begin billing owners to use it.
- Here’s a closer look at how it works.
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I divide the electric-vehicle market into two camps: cars for people who want to go electric but aren’t relying on a single vehicle; and cars that can do it all, replacing gas-powered vehicles.
The former shaped the early days of the EV era we’re currently in. These were relatively short-range EVs that had to be recharged frequently, usually overnight or at garage close to an owner’s workplace. They weren’t vehicles that needed an extensive “fast” charging infrastructure because so-called Level 1 or Level 2 charging was an option, usually at the owner’s home.
The latter is exemplified by Tesla and the new generation of long-range EVs that all rely of DC fast charging to cover as much territory as gas-powered cars.
Tesla recognized from the get-go that fast charging would be key to building an overall Tesla ecosystem