Tesla Adds Superchargers in Chicago, Boston

Tesla Urban Supercharger

Tesla began delivering the new Model 3 small auto this summer.

One obstacle to electric cars' growth is the availability of charging infrastructure - the last thing you want is to be stranded with nowhere to "juice up".

In expanding its supercharger network, Tesla is paving the way for the arrival of its Model 3, its cheapest auto yet.

Tesla's Supercharger network is growing, with the company opening new, smaller stations in the United States, according to the electric vehicle manufacturer's new blog post. Currently, Tesla stations take about 20 minutes to deliver more than 100 miles of range to an EV; the company is actively fine tuning this technology to reduce charging times. But this morning, the electric carmaker announced it will start building more Superchargers in city centers, including more locations in downtown districts and shopping centers.

"Supercharger stations in urban areas will be installed in convenient locations, including supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts, so it's easy for customers to charge their vehicle in the time it takes to grocery shop or run errands", Tesla said in the blog post.

These stalls will feature the new, column-like compact design that will take up less space, making them well-suited for vehicle parks, shopping centers and supermarket parking facilities.

As for the pricing for the use of these new stations, the company said, "They have the same pricing as our existing Superchargers, which is far cheaper than the cost of gasoline". Officials say that the new stations will also employ a new post design that takes up less space and is optimized for highly populated, urban settings. These chargers also feature a new, 72-kilowatt design that keeps the charging load constant, regardless of how many cars are plugged into the grid.

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