This week, Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted that in 2019 all of Europe will have Supercharger coverage. A supercharger, an air compressor that increments the air pressure or density delivered to an internal combustion engine, allows the engine to receive more oxygen, thereby enabling it to burn more fuel and work more efficiently and powerfully. Supercharger stations can charge a vehicle to nearly 80 percent battery capacity in 40 minutes.
"From Ireland to Kiev, from Norway to Turkey," Musk said, adding that Greece and would also be included. As of now, the Supercharger network in Europe is well established in Germany, Norway, and the UK, yet in countries like Poland and Italy, the service is inconsistent, while in places like Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, it is virtually inexistent. Currently, the Tesla map of European Superchargers shows a number of "coming soon" markers, though Musk’s tweet makes it clear that soon means sometime next year.
In November, Musk had stated that Supercharger capacity would double by the end of next year, placing chargers “within range of 95% to 100% of the population in all active markets.” When asked about Africa, Musk replied "2020," although he didn't indicate what type of coverage the continent would receive. The entrepreneur also said that Tesla is "dramatically increasing" Superchargers in urban areas and "working with landlords to add home charging to apartment buildings," which will benefit Tesla owners who rent homes.
The expansion coincides with the introduction the Model 3 in European markets, which Musk also announced in November before the new EV began appearing in showrooms across the EU. In addition, Tesla stated that the European Model 3 would include a Combined Charging System (CCS) fast charging-compatible ports. The company also promises to upgrade its existing Superchargers in Europe with CCS plugs before the arrival of the Model 3.
Since CCS technology is widely used by electric vehicle companies in Europe, some questioned whether Tesla would make its network available to other EV manufacturers. Drew Bennett, the head of global charging infrastructure, said the company has had discussions with other carmakers, but nothing has been decided yet.
The Tesla Supercharger network has swelled enormously in recent years. There are currently 11,583 Supercharger stations around the world, though originally the company had set a goal of 18,000 chargers by the end of 2018.