Historic car manufacturers are popping up on all sides to catch Tesla. Some major manufacturers such as Porsche and Jaguar are coming on the market. Other new brands like Rivian are also trying to make their way into the market. So Tesla has almost no exclusivity anymore and customers are starting to have a choice.
However, Tesla can still point to a huge asset: a very extensive network of Superchargers that make charging fast and easy. The network has also reached a new milestone: 15,000 chargers worldwide, according to Electrek. Even though Tesla has not reached its target of 18,000 Superchargers by the end of 2018, this is a decisive advantage for the brand.
Tesla seems to have caught up with the first generation Superchargers (Superchargers V3). Thus, this year, the brand has deployed no less than 2,000 new fast chargers. For example, a huge station with 28 Superchargers will be deployed in Arizona and will allow a trouble-free connection between Los Angeles and Phoenix.
All over the world, Superchargers are developing at breakneck speed. The V3 version is about to be further upgraded to 250 kW, which will naturally mean drastically reduced charging times. At this speed, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range will be able to recover up to 75 miles of range in just five minutes. Competition is coming in, notably with Ionity fast chargers financed by many German car manufacturers.
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