Tesla appears to be strengthening its position in the electric vehicle market by adding 420 EV Supercharger units across four new charging locations in California, with a total capacity of 164 stalls. According to The Driven, this indicates the potential birth of the world’s biggest electric vehicle charging station.
Two 100-stall sites are planned in the Mojave Desert Barstow in California and Willows. It is worth noting that all of these projects have been awarded financing through a state government grant program.
Meanwhile, the town of Baker in San Bernadino County will receive 56 Superchargers as part of a second, “smaller” project. Baker is frequently utilized as a pit stop for travelers heading to Las Vegas, making it an ideal location for many additional Tesla fast chargers.
What’s exciting is the projected 164-stall site in Coalinga, in central California, could be the largest of its sort in the world.
The planned Coalinga Supercharger station surpasses the one in Harris Ranch. It must be mentioned that the Supercharger in Harris Ranch is one of the automaker’s oldest charging sites. Last year, its plan to build additional 82 units to the existing 18 Superchargers was announced.
Notably, these Supercharger stations are all much larger than any currently available in Australia.
The Clean Transportation Program Rural Electric Vehicle Charging program, or GFO-21-604, was developed by the California Energy Commission to improve charging access in neglected rural locations, as Drive Tesla Canada’s Marco stated.
“Overall, it received a total of 28 applications, and funding was granted for 17 of them. Tesla filed four of those applications and received maximum funding on all four. With a maximum amount of $1.6M per project, this is no small thing.”
Having said all that, this innovation shows the significant impact of government initiatives on the development of necessary infrastructures to promote further adoption of electric vehicles.