U.S. electric carmaker Tesla has opened its first two city centre supercharger stations, according to a blog post on the company’s website. The stations in downtown Boston and Chicago opened on Monday 11th September. The Chicago station can charge 10 vehicles at a time, while the Boston station can charge eight.
Tesla said in April it plans to double the number of Superchargers worldwide in 2017. This would result in a total of more than 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging connectors around the world. A map on Tesla's website shows urban stations planned for New York, Philadelphia, Washington and other cities before the end of this year.
This week, the company said “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 car in the time it takes to grocery shop or run errands. They also have the same pricing as our existing Superchargers, which is far cheaper than the cost of gasoline.”
The urban stations can deliver 72 kilowatts of power to each car, so it will take around 45 to 50 minutes to fully charge the vehicles. The company’s highway stations deliver up to 120 kilowatts, which means they can charge up a car in less than 40 minutes.
According to a recent research report, the Global Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 30% over the next decade to reach approximately $28 billion by 2025. Governments, across the globe, are striving to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. Incentive programs, such as tax rebates, grants, and subsidies, have been launched to promote this.
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