One of the barriers to entry for EVs for many people is charging, specifically public charging opportunities, because they are not as widespread. However, Tesla is changing that as it expands its public charging network. Based on the content of its Q1 Update Letter, Tesla’s Superchargers are growing exponentially.
The EV maker recorded 33% growth in the number of stations year-on-year, from 3,724 in Q1 2022 to 4,947 in the last quarter. Interestingly, Tesla reported 4,678 stations at the end of 2022, adding 269 new stations in just three months.
Considering the number of chargers, Tesla now maintains 45,169 globally, up 34% from 33,657 in Q1 2022. The number at the end of 2022 was 42,419, meaning Tesla activated 2,750 chargers in just 89 days, or about 30 new chargers every day.
Tesla has more than enough reasons to focus on expanding its Supercharger network. The massive growth is actually overshadowed by Tesla’s effort to expand its production capacity, with CEO Elon Musk hinting at 2 million units this year. All these new EVs need to charge their batteries in public.
Tesla is also opening up its chargers to non-Tesla EVs, suggesting the more chargers, the merrier.
The Update Letter contains other information, including Giga Berlin attaining 5,000 Model Ys per week near the end of the quarter. Europe cannot get enough of the electric crossover, where it emerged as the best-selling car in Q1 2023.