Where would you like to see Tesla set up Super Chargers?

Where would you like to see Tesla set up Super Chargers?

I have a couple long drives I undertake and came up with a list that would be convenient for me. Somehow I think Tesla will take a wider array of people into account :)

Here is where I would like to see them (for my personal convenience of course :) )
North Bay, ON
Barrie, ON
Stratford, ON
Niagara, Falls, ON
Erie, PA
Morgantown, WV
Beckley, WV
Charlotte or Statesville, NC

I actually anticipate Tesla will concentrate their super chargers in/near their hottest U.S. markets (at least initially), but I can dream about them being in more out of the way places.

Where would they suit you best?

aaronw2 | October 24, 2012

I'd like to see them at Lake Tahoe and maybe in Yosemite National Park. Having some on the eastern side of the Sierras next to some of the passes would be useful too, like maybe between Tioga and Sonora pass. I doubt I'd see the latter since the amount of traffic there is fairly low.

jkwolfie | October 24, 2012

Adoption in Texas is highly dependent on convenient and fast charging around the triangle of Dallas/Ft. Worth -- Houston -- San Antonio/Austin. I personally am banking on chargers between Houston and Dallas. Both cities have a variety of charger locations, but there's virtually NOTHING between them! That needs to change (before a late Spring 2013 delivery...).

murraypetera | October 24, 2012

length of the garden state parkway with HPC chargers as well as dc.

tranhv68 | October 24, 2012

How about a supercharger at either the newport beach Tesla Service center or at the Fashion Island Tesla store at the lower level of the parking structure where they keep their model S test drive cars

GeorgeA | October 24, 2012

David M writes:
"I95, Miami to Boston.
I5, San Diego to Seattle.
I10, Los Angeles to Jacksonville, FL.
I80, San Francisco to New York.

That should get things started.
You can fill in later with:
I75, Miami to Detroit.
I70, Denver to St. Louis.
I40, Greensboro, NC to Las Vegas.
I35, Minneapolis, to San Antonio.
With these routes covered, you can pretty much travel anywhere in the USA."

This sums up a large portion of the USA interstate system I agree with this concise analysis. I would only change I75 portion from Miami to Atlanta NOW not later. Once these get installed, the battery range limitation for traveling will be eliminated and TM EV sales should increase dramatically especially once S Model delivery / wait time is reduced and TM begins their advertising program.

Dr. Bob Reinke | October 24, 2012

On Interstate 80 from coast to coast on 200 mile intervals. That would make the Tesla more useful for the entire nation. Other chargers can be found off that direct route for most North/South cross-country travel, and when some destination deviation is off I 80. That would also provide direct travel from SF, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Bufflo, NYC, and Boston. With fast recovery time, recharging would add little time to a cross-country trip. And I could drive my Model S Signature Performance (S1185) from Fremont to Wisconsin next month.

Beaker | October 25, 2012

200 mile intervals on Route 66 would be fun. It's more curvy, and has all kinds of interesting towns along the way to check out.

rmitchum | October 25, 2012

+1 Beaker

Brian H | October 25, 2012

150 is the standard, I think, because that makes for "short" charging sessions of ½ hr. for an 85.

SSL161 | October 25, 2012

South Lake Tahoe

We just took a trip there for shits and giggles and suffered from a serious case of Range Angst (new car, not knowing how it would perform, etc…) upon arrival.

The trip distance one way was 74 miles (with a 6200 foot elevation change). Our departure range was 232mi. Our arrival range remaining at our Tahoe destination was 90mi.

I don’t think that we were lead-footing it up the mountain so it bears noting that there is a greater, and not entirely unexpected energy cost (did a similar test with our Roadster) when it comes to a constant climb rate.

On the plus side, we got home with 32mi remaining (thank you regen!). So, for future reference, there is a net cost of 52 miles round trip for a 62k elevation change.

--- Cherif
x?#161 & x?#526

Manta | October 26, 2012

I'd like to see one around the Delaware/Maryland beaches. This area is a big summer tourist spot for people in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Northern Delaware, and to a lesser extent Philadelphia (and suburbs--where I live). According to my calculations, I'd have enough energy to make it down there with an 85kWh battery, but getting home is iffy, especially if I'm staying down there and driving around for a few days and the car is unplugged the whole time.

I've been checking various charging station databases, and I haven't seen any charging stations at any of the beaches. I'm sure that's in large part due to massive crowds during the summer and how parking spaces can be at a premium. (Picture your local mall around Christmas shopping season.)

aaronw2 | October 26, 2012

South Lake Tahoe would be a good place. I visit there periodically and the place I stay is above 7000 feet with frequent trips between there and lake level.

I would also like to see a charging station near Bridgeport, CA and/or Lee Vining along route 395 since I tend to do some camping around there. Maybe one in Sonora as well. I'm not sure how much range one can get going over Sonora pass (26% grade in places, 9600 feet).

SSL161 | October 27, 2012


Do you use PlugShare (On Android and iPhone)?

Not saying that it's any better than Other Databases but it might fill in some holes as it is a user supported and maintained database.

--- Cherif
SSL#161 & R#526

Paul5 | October 27, 2012

100 mile intervals from Michigan to Florida on I-75.

Brian H | October 27, 2012

100 mile intervals requires 50% more sites than 150 miles. Expect the latter.

Manta | October 28, 2012

@CherifB - Yes, I have the apps for PlugShare, Recargo, CarStations, ChargePoint, and WattStation (GE) on my iPhone (along with 500+ other apps). Now I just need my Model S!

And yes, I've been told I have an app problem. :)


SSL161 | October 28, 2012

It's only a problem if you can't feed the kids. :)

--- Cherif

up north | October 28, 2012

Whats the range of a model s at 75 mph with full air or heat on 150? 200? if so there only about 5 years away from 300 miles at an 8% increase in batteries each year. you would be able to drive the speed limit on the freeways all day long, and when they put supper chargers every 225 miles apart on the freeways, and the motels and hotels all have 250v circuits with high power connectors which wont take long after these cars start selling in record numbers. that would be the difference between owning 2 cars or just owning one, for an annual road trip. i think this will be the tipping point to electric cars.

Candy J. Lee | November 2, 2012

In Washington

Vantage on I90
Vancover, WA

vouteb | November 3, 2012

Charleston SC
London , UK a bunch

Keith72 | November 3, 2012

In Texas it would make sense to locate them at Buccee's locations. They are located about halfway between the major cities on the highways (I-10, Hwy 45, etc). Easy to spend 30 minutes at these large rest stops.

Steve_P445 | November 4, 2012

I4, East of Tampa, FL
I75, Ft Myers/Naples, FL
I75, West of Miami, FL (before the Alley)
I95, North of Daytona Beach, FL

gdelgado | November 4, 2012

I have reservation 12370 and plan to drive the Model S to South Florida every other weekend so I would like to see at least one Supercharger down there.

jerry3 | November 4, 2012


I've lived in Texas for ~15 years and have never seen a Buccee's station (I've only heard of them in these forums). Are they only in the southern part of Texas?

bfudge | November 4, 2012

I-5 Corridor near Eugene, Oregon
Cannon Beach, Oregon

ThomasN | November 4, 2012

Just north of Eugene! So you can get to Bandon in a spirited drive!

bsimoes | November 4, 2012

Hey everyone, there is a whole lot of country north of Boston!

tharasix | November 4, 2012

Yeah, it looks like Maine gets screwed. Northern Minnesota is mostly wilderness, so it's not as bad as the shaft that Maine is getting.

Brian H | November 5, 2012

Are there any cities in Maine?

petero | November 5, 2012

I want to buck the trend - IMBY!!!

jfeldman72 | November 5, 2012

I am one of the few reservation holders that fall into the catergory where a service center is greater than 100 miles from me. I am located in Charleston SC and I would love to see a service center open near me as well as superchager locations UP AND DOWN I-95 from NY to Miami. Very important corridor for the East coast.

biwamura | November 5, 2012

Even though there is one at Harris ranch, the 99 corridor through the central valley around Fresno would be adventageous to those who do not travel the I-5

Darmok | November 24, 2012

Kingman AZ. The map of future stations makes it look like there will be a SC in Needles but not Kingman, which would be useless for the Vegas to Phoenix run. Why not put it in Kingman, which works for LA to Flagstaff and Phoenix to Vegas?

Brian H | November 26, 2012

We have been warned not to take the specific map stars seriously; they were just stuck in to show overall distribution by the programmer.

Darmok | January 3, 2013

Thanks @Brian H that's good to know.

TM is going to have issues with Barstow to Flagstaff on I-40 if there is only one supercharger between the two cities. There is a significant amount of elevation gain heading east and it can be quite cold and snowy. There's isn't a lot of civilization on that stretch either. In any event, Kingman is a must. We are planning on being an S and X family, with no other cars. But we drive to Phoenix from LV, and without a Kingman supercharger we may have to keep an ICE instead of buying an X.

jdimare | January 3, 2013

On Route 80 & 90 from Indiana (Chicago crowd) to the NE (Boston, New York and then Philly, DC, etc.)

wonder | January 3, 2013

Enable travel from St. Louis to Chicago. At minimum Supercharger placement in Bloomington/Normal Illinois.

Enable travel from St. Louis to Denver via Kansas City.
Staggered placement along most direct route.

Enable travel from St. Louis to Smoky Mountain National Park.
Staggered placement along most direct route and within the Park.

ylyubarsky | January 3, 2013

I think that the superchargers should be installed about 70-100 miles a part on all major highways and other highways to connect different states with each other.

mikeguggen | January 3, 2013

The Southeast . . . First choice would be the I-85 Corridor between Greensboro-Charlotte-Greenville-Atlanta. Then maybe something around Columbia, SC (I-20/I-26/I-77 intersection) or the I-95 corridor Virginia to Georgia. Need a service center in Charlotte too.

Josh | January 3, 2013

Midway between NYC and the Hamptons on 495.

Bennett R. | January 3, 2013

In Texas, I would like to see Dallas-Austin on I-35 and Dallas-Houston on I-45.

In Colorado, I would like to see Denver-Aspen.

I would also like to see enough between Dallas and Denver to allow me to get there on my 60 kwh Model S.

jgreenhall | January 3, 2013

San Diego! None have made it this far south yet in CA.

tcunning | January 3, 2013

Detroit to Chicago off i94. Tesla has a service center in Chicago, but it is too far to get to from Detroit area without a charge stop.

mklcolvin | January 3, 2013

I-20, between Dallas and Atlanta. Also, all along I-40/I-81, From Barstow, CA to Syracuse, NY.

Cattledog | January 3, 2013

ylyubarsky +1 - I agree, I think 75 miles apart is the sweet spot. I know it's expensive, etc. They need to license.

My personal vote is the Texas triangle - If we're not going to get high speed rail, high speed charging is the next best (or better) thing!

DTsea | January 3, 2013

Cattledog, ylyubarsky-

75 miles apart on all major highways? The interstate system alone is 40000 miles, without counting US or state major highways. Interstates alone at 75-100 mile spacing would require 400-530 superchargers- tripling the numbers. Why do you need one every 75 miles?

Licensing- the superchargers are actually the same hardware as the charger in the car- just multiple ones ganged together. I bet they don't want to license that out. And licensing means somebody will charge you for the electricity.... and how to get the licensee to install solar so that, as promised, the supercharger network in the aggregate doesnt load the grid?

I would doubt Tesla would want to triple or quadruple the supercharger network just so we can stop at every second or third one. They cost at least $100k apiece, I have read, so an extra 300 of them is $30-40M. I'd rather they invest the money in model X or bluestar, myself...

rlpm | January 3, 2013

I-40: Barstow to OKC

biwamura | January 3, 2013

I traveled to the central valley of Ca around the Fresno area and there is a definite need in this corridor. Public EV stations are spotty and not readily available and do not charge at a fast rate. The major corridor along I-5 seems to work well, but there was wait time at the Harris ranch stop when another Tesla pulled up for a charge and had to wait until I got what I needed.

nora-te | January 3, 2013

There are a lot of Tesla owners in the San Francisco Bay Area, but no superchargers. Gilroy is accessable for the far south Bay Area, but we need one in the East Bay and there should be one on the Peninsula. Between SF & Sacramento would make a lot of sense. How about near the 80/680 interchange?

We checked out the Gilroy Supercharger on Sunday and saw 4 other Teslas in the short time we were there.

ylyubarsky | January 3, 2013

DTsea. I showed a picture that would be almost perfect but on the other hand. Can you imagine driving with 60 Kw battery which realistically will give you 160 miles max. and you live 15-20 miles from the highway. You still have 140 miles left. Imagine you need to leave 10-20 miles just in case. So after all you have 120 miles left. Even if the station is a 100 miles away, you are very close to be in trouble. I am not even giving you an idea that in a few years quantity of Tesla or similar EV cars will be pretty big and you can get to this station and see 20-25 cars waiting in line. How about that? So my idea is not that crazy as it sounds. Otherwise we are all in trouble.