The Tesla company is not only busy producing the Model 3, Model S, and Model X, they’re also busy adding more Supercharge stations. These Supercharge stations allow Telsa owners to charge their vehicles while traveling or having a night out on the town.
While there may be Supercharge stations in convenient areas near hotels, restaurants, and major highway routes, there aren’t really any charging stations near cities — or at least major cities. As of today, Tesla has announced that they will be establishing Supercharge stations in city centers starting out with Boston and Chicago. Why the push for stations in city centers? Tesla wants customers to be able to run some errands, go shopping, or have a bite to eat while they charge their vehicle without having to stop somewhere way outside of town or wait until they get home.
In order to make these new Superchargers smaller, they aren’t quite as powerful as the ones that can be found near highways or hotels. The city Superchargers are capable of delivering up to 72kW of power to the car, which is a little more than half the 120kW ceiling of the existing ones. That means the charge time will be slower — about 45–50 minutes to replenish the car’s battery.
The pricing will be the same as other Supercharging stations. Under Tesla’s current pricing scheme, drivers receive 1,000 miles of free charging annually. In the United States, pricing varies by state. Charging in Massachusetts costs 22 cents per kilowatt hour, whereas in Illinois it only costs 15 cents per kWh. There are also two different pricing tiers in some areas, which depend on the speed the customer is charging.
Tesla says these new Superchargers will be found at or near “supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts,” so that owners can spend that charging time running errands instead of just waiting around. It also claims that the slimmer profile of these chargers will help speed up expansion into major cities, though the company hasn’t detailed which ones will be next. This could be a big step forward for Tesla owners when you consider how city dwellers, faced with a lack of home charging options, typically have to settle for a mishmash of lower-capacity charging infrastructure.