Tesla plans to establish its largest station in California
Tesla seeks to establish a new Supercharger station in Kern County, California, giving electric vehicle enthusiasts a glimpse at how the Musk-led company plans to improve its Supercharging network.
The project site is close to the 5 freeway, where it meets the 46 highway, per the construction permit application shared by @MarcoRPi1 on social media platform X.
The planned Supercharger station will reportedly feature more than 160 Supercharger stalls. This enormous figure will enable the new site to become the company’s largest Supercharger station in the world when it is officially launched.
More excitingly, Tesla seems to plan to offer 16 pull-through stalls at the new Kern County Supercharger station.
Tesla’s plans to develop the world’s largest Supercharger station in California will undoubtedly boost the electric vehicle uptake in the state and in the entire US. It will soon support the growing number of EV models in the country, especially considering the imminent compatibility of other OEMs’ models with Superchargers through NACS adoption.
In addition, the integration of 16 pull-through stalls will also offer a high level of convenience for electric vehicles pulling a trailer. It will enable drivers who are towing with their EVs to easily use Tesla’s Superchargers without unhooking their trailers.
Moreover, Tesla also apparently aims to establish a microgrid with batteries and solar canopies at the new Californian Supercharger station. It will aid the Musk-led company to leverage solar power to lower charging costs for customers, especially during peak demand.
IONNA seeks to compete with Tesla Superchargers in North America
BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis‘ alliance has just obtained all the government permits to officially launch the “IONNA” charging network in North America, starting with the US in late 2024 and Canada at the later stage of the project.
The alliance aims to deploy 30,000 high-powered charge points across urban and highway areas in the region by 2030 as the seven OEMs seek to challenge the Tesla Supercharging network’s appeal to electric vehicle buyers and drivers.
However, Tesla’s upcoming largest Supercharger station in California will make it more challenging for IONNA to dominate in the North American market.
Tesla has yet to announce the official timeline for the launch of the new Supercharger station. As of today, the largest Supercharger station is in Coalinga, California, with 98 individual stalls.