Tesla, which also had more than 9,000 lower-power Destination Chargers – often used for overnight charging at places like hotels – deployed at the beginning of the year, will broaden that total to about 15,000 units this year. Tesla estimates that there are more than 200,000 owners of its vehicles worldwide.
Tesla, whose market value continues to surge even as the company loses money, also said that it will build larger Supercharger sites near US highways that will be able to accommodate "several dozen" Teslas at a time. The company is slated to start deliveries of its Model 3 in July, with full-scale production to be in place in September. Unlike the Model S and X, which can surpass $100,000 each with options, the Model 3's base version will be priced at less than $40,000.
To put Tesla's numbers in perspective, there are more than 42,000 publicly accessible plug-in vehicle outlets at almost 16,000 locations across the country, according to the US Department of Energy.
Tesla said earlier this month that it delivered a quarterly-record 25,000 EVs during the first three months of the year, compared to about 76,000 Model S and Model X deliveries for all of last year.