If there’s one complaint Tesla drivers have — especially those in urban centers without garages — it’s that charging can be a challenge. Back in April, Tesla announced that, within 2017, it would double the number of its Superchargers and Destination Charging connectors both on long distance routes and in urban centers. By the end of 2017, there would be more than 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Chargers globally, an increase in Superchargers of 150 percent in North America.
On August 9, Elon Musk responded to a Twitter user desperate for more charging stations in Miami, pledging that she and other Tesla drivers would see “Major increases in the Supercharger and Tesla urban charger network happening over the next several months”:
Major increases in the Supercharger and Tesla urban charger network happening over the next several months
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 10, 2017
Teslas are already incredibly popular cars. Consumer Reports called the Model S the best car of 2014, and in 2016 the Model 3 was labeled the most popular electric car in the world — before it was even produced. And, now that the Model 3 has hit the streets, reviewers are unanimous: it has no competition.
If it does become much easier and more practical to charge Tesla Vehicles, they’ll be even more popular, and we will all benefit. The Model 3 has achieved the top safety rating from Consumer Reports, and, as a primary driving force bringing autonomous vehicles to the road, Tesla is making its vehicles even safer. While electric vehicles will push us further away from fossil fuels in the fight against climate change, autonomous cars will save lives, according to the experts, so more popularity for Tesla will ultimately mean more safety for everyone.