Forget painting the town red— Tesla celebrates its 50,000th Supercharger by installing this landmark EV charging stall finished in a brilliant Ultra Red. The Tesla Supercharging network recently reached a major milestone of 50,000 individual fast charging stalls installed around the world, including well over 20,000 in the United States. Together with chargers in Canada and Mexico, North America hosts roughly half of all Superchargers ever installed.
The 50,000th Supercharging stall was deployed in September in Roseville, California – eleven years after the first six Supercharging stations were installed in September 2012 to support the market launch of the Tesla Model S.
The 50,000th stall comes in a special paint color –Ultra Red, an option for the Model S and Model X– and a sign with the ‘50,000’ number. The site (1851 Freedom Way, Roseville) now attracts Tesla enthusiasts who want to see the unique charger. Most recently, even one of the Tesla Cybertruck RC (Release Candidate) appeared at the stall to take a charge.
Other than its unique design, the 50,000th stall does not bear any other differences from the usual V3 Superchargers and peaks at about 250 kilowatts of power.
While the number of Supercharging stalls now exceeds 50,000 and continues to grow by a few thousand every quarter, the number of stations worldwide is now significantly above 5,000 (including well over 2,000 in North America).
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The ongoing expansion of the Tesla Supercharging network is not the only topic of note. The network is currently entering a crucial stage as it becomes available for non-Tesla electric vehicles. In North America, this process started on a limited scale with the launch of the Magic Dock built-in CCS1 adapters. Tesla is expected to install a substantial number of such chargers to gain access to public funding. In the long-term, starting in 2025, new non-Tesla EVs will start to become natively compatible with the Superchargers, as EV manufacturers (so far over 10 brands and counting) signed up to ditch the CCS1 charging connector for the sake of the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector.
In other markets where Tesla adopted local charging connectors (CCS2 in Europe and multiple other countries, or GB/T in China), the opening of the Tesla Supercharging network is simpler, and in some cases, charging stall technology is much more advanced.
Another big change for the Tesla Supercharging network will be the broad launch of V4 dispensers, which are expected to be associated with the support of high-voltage battery systems (up to 1,000 V, instead of the 500 V currently offered).
Changes are comprehensive and concern the size of the network, technology (potentially higher voltage and higher power), convenience (longer cables), and availability to all EVs. The coming years will reveal whether Tesla will be able to offer reliable, fast charging to all, not only its own fleet.