Thanks to a growing partnership with a French supermarket company, Tesla has officially just opened its “longest Supercharger station in the world”. Do larger and more expansive Supercharger stations exist around the world? Yes. But are there any as long as this new station? No.
Of course, the ongoing development of the Supercharger network has been the talk of the industry for some time — especially as Tesla made promises to triple the network in two years. At the end of 2020, Tesla had 23,277 Superchargers at 2,564 stations, compared to 31,498 Superchargers at 3,476 stations at the end of 2021. Don’t worry, we’ll do the math for you… that is an impressive 35 per cent growth over the span of a year.
By teaming up with E.Leclerc, a supermarket in France, Tesla was able to launch a 16-stall V3 Supercharger at the E.Leclerc Montauban location and an eight-stall V3 Supercharger at the E.Leclerc Saint-Gaudens location. This week, however, Tesla launched the more impressive 28-stall station at E.Leclerc Beaune and it’s a 28-stall station. Notably, the way the station is configured makes it the longest Supercharger in the world, according to Quentin Vannier, Tesla’s regional manager for charging infrastructure in France.
Not only is the newest station long, but it is also one of the first Supercharger stations in France to offer charging access to all EV owners — not just Tesla drivers. This functionality is part of Tesla’s pilot program, which allows open access to the expansive network and is expected to help mitigate the issue of EV charging accessibility around the world.