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Tesla plans 14 supercharger stations in S. Korea this year

Tesla plans 14 supercharger stations in S. Korea this year

Tesla will almost double its Supercharger electric vehicle charging network this year to 10,000 public charging units globally, up from 5,400, the company said Monday.

By the end of the year, the company hopes to have 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging connectors up and running. In North America, we'll increase the number of Superchargers by 150 percent, and in California alone we'll add more than 1,000 Superchargers.

It has built more than 9,000 low-speed charging stations at hotels, resort towns and restaurants across the world. To complement that growth, the company is boosting its network of Supercharger stations where Tesla owners can juice up their cars free of charge. With the number of pre-orders for the Model 3 numbering in the hundreds of thousands, its a sensible move forward to expand the recharge spaces, as availability has often been a source of frustration from Tesla owners.

Tesla has updated its plans to expand its Supercharger and related public charging infrastructure in anticipation of its Model 3.

As automakers from Tesla to Audi prepare to release long-range electric cars, one of the biggest drawbacks to electric-vehicle adoption remains: slow charging times.

For owners, the ideal scenario is still the solar panels on the roof of your garage that charge a battery (Tesla hopes a Powerwall) from which your auto is charged for free overnight (after the cost of the system).




Furthermore, Tesla also said the company will build some new larger sites along its busiest travel sites that will accommodate charging for several dozen vehicles and include customer centers.

And as the years past, Musk began expanding his vision to turning highways into "electric superhighways" in an attempt to persuade drivers to switch to battery-powered cars.

According to Bloomberg, Tesla is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric auto later this year, with plans to make 500,000 electric vehicles in 2018, up from 76,000 a year ago.

Tesla's fast charging network, known as Superchargers, was launched in 2012 in an effort to encourage owners of the Model S and Model X electric vehicles to travel longer distances. The company's aggressive expansion has essentially enabled long-distance travel anywhere in the United States and has facilitated convenient travel in other overseas markets like Western Europe and China.

Charleston is getting one of three new Tesla Supercharger stations coming to S.C.by the end of the year. The charging stations provide about 170 miles in 30 minutes.

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