Tesla’s compressor network in Germany has grown a good ten percent over the past three months. This emerges from the map of Tesla’s locations around the world, which the company posted on the Internet this week. At the end of January, the number of German supercharging stations was 112, according to the information available, they are now 125. In addition, the Tesla map shows 79 locations, where new compressors will be built, mainly this year. As usual, most of them are located on state roads and cities with millions of inhabitants are almost surrounded.
Tesla expansion on cities and highways
In Berlin, Tesla opened its first urban compressor in September 2020 and announced more such locations, and Munich has since also had two Tesla stations in the city area. Two more in the north (one of which technically in nearby Unterföhring) will be added in the third quarter of 2022 and another in the south of the center, for which it was not possible to recall the details in the online map. In Munich alone and in the immediate vicinity there will soon be seven Supercharger stations (see map above).
The German capital Berlin is equally well-stocked. So far, there is the Tesla Supercharger on the Euref campus in Schöneberg and three others on the surrounding highways. In the second, third and fourth quarter of 2022, one will be added in the city and before the end of the year another one near the new airport (and therefore also at the German Gigafactory). According to the map, the plans for Hamburg look similar. In Cologne, Tesla also wants to install a compressor on the outskirts of the city and build one in Deutz, on the right bank of the Rhine. And Frankfurt may not be a city of millions, but the region is expected to have four new Supercharger locations by the end of the year. 2022.
One of Tesla’s main areas of concern for supercharging in Germany is in major cities, although these locations are also primarily on major roads. Another focus is on motorway links between them. More than ten new Tesla charging stations are planned along the A7 from Ulm to and including Hamburg, roughly the same number as currently available. The gray symbols for the new locations also line up almost seamlessly on the A5 from Frankfurt to Heidelberg. Several new compressors are also planned in eastern Germany. But coverage remains poorer and with Erfurt a previously planned position appears to have been dropped with the upgrade.
Supercharging is no longer the only option
After a long time it was almost taken for granted that a compressor could also be used to charge a Tesla on the go, but the charging situation has now become complicated. Because supercharging prices have gradually increased to 50-52 cents per kilowatt hour, which means that, depending on the amount of electricity needed, other fast-charging offers may be cheaper. The VW Group, for example, introduced new tariffs this week for third-party electric car drivers, which allow DC charging as low as 47 cents per kilowatt hour, but with a monthly base fee of 12.99 euros. At the same time, the German networks of EnBW, Ionity and Aral now include more than 100 of their own locations, as with Tesla, albeit mostly with fewer individual pillars.