Your Guide to Locate Tesla Superchargers Near You

Tesla Supercharger near you

Preface

Tesla Superchargers are among the fastest types of EV chargers globally. Since their 480 voltage requirement is unavailable for household use, Superchargers can only be found at Tesla Supercharging stations or other public charging points. Fortunately, you do not need to drive around looking to find them. There are multiple online resources that enable you to locate Tesla Superchargers within your area. This article will explore five such methods. Let’s dive in.

How Do You Locate Tesla Superchargers Near You?

Since Tesla allows non-Tesla EV drivers to charge using Tesla Superchargers, any EV owner can use the methods below to locate a Supercharger and fuel.

1.    Via the Electrly Tesla Supercharger Locator

Via the Electrly Tesla Supercharger Locator

The Electrly Supercharger locator is a Tesla Supercharger map set up and maintained by Electrly, a manufacturer of EV charging products. It provides a straightforward way to trace a Tesla Supercharger near you using any browser. The locator is easy to access and be used by Tesla and non-Tesla drivers.

You can locate a Supercharger by zooming in, entering your location, or searching by state. In addition to directions, it also provides contact information and lets you know what type of EV charging connectors are available. You can also see payment information and the operation hours of the Supercharging station.

Steps to use Electrly’s Supercharger locator:

  1. Open Electrly’s website.
  2. Go to Resources, then click Tesla Superchargers Near Me.

Tesla Superchargers are not the only fast charging option. Electrly also provides three types of Level 3 (DC fast charging) chargers. These are the compact PD20 Series, which supplies 20kW; the Rocket FC120, which supplies 120kW and the Ethernet/4G/Wifi supporting Turbo FC60, which carries 60kW. These are all business solutions with multiple connectors. Also, the FC120 and FC60 can charge multiple vehicles simultaneously.

2.    Via the Tesla App or Website

Tesla enables drivers to locate their Superchargers using a Supercharger map that can be accessed via the Tesla app or website. However, the app only displays Superchargers near you, while the website provides a global map of Superchargers. They both provide information such as the charging fees, number of stalls available, and distance to the charger.

Steps via the Tesla app:

  1. Launch the Tesla app.
  2. Tap Location.
  3. You will see a list of Superchargers within your proximity at the bottom of the screen. Tap a Supercharger to see more information about it, then tap Send to Car to input the directions into your onboard navigation system. Alternatively, you can choose a nearby Supercharger by zooming in on your location from the map.

Steps via the Website:

  1. Open Tesla’s website and go to Menu.
  2. Click Find Us. You will see a map displaying Tesla service centers, stores, and chargers.
  3. Under the search bar, select Superchargers and Superchargers Open to Non-Tesla.
  4. Zoom in the map to select a Supercharger close to you or enter your location in the Search bar.
  5. Click Driving Directions to display a route to that Supercharger.
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3.    Via the Car’s Navigation Display or Voice Control

Tesla’s onboard navigation screen has a route planner ideal for locating Superchargers before embarking on a long trip. It allows you to plan your entire route by indicating Superchargers and recommending charging stops. The route planner feature also shows how much charge you will have when you get to the next station. You can navigate the navigation screen via touch or voice.

Steps via Touch:

  1. Power up your Tesla to turn on the display screen.
  2. Tap the Settings icon, then click Route Planner.
  3. Enter your destination to generate a map displaying turn-by-turn directions, Supercharger locations, and recommended charging stops.

Steps via Voice Control:

  1. Press the voice button on your Tesla’s steering wheel and wait for a chime.
  2. Speak a command using natural language. For example, “Show me the nearest Supercharger” or “Take me to a Supercharger”.
  3. The onboard navigation screen will display nearby Superchargers. Select one to generate directions to the location.

4.    Via 3rd-Party Non-tesla Apps

Third-party EV charger locator apps provide directions to EV charging points, including to Tesla Superchargers. They can be used by Tesla and non-Tesla drivers to locate Superchargers and show information such as charging price, Supercharger availability, and the capacity of the chargers.

These apps include:

  1. ChargePoint

This app is managed by the biggest EV charging network company, ChargePoint. It offers directions to over 200,000 chargers managed by ChargePoint and several thousand more belonging to other EV charging companies, including Tesla’s Supercharger.

  1. PlugShare

In addition to guiding you to the nearest Supercharger, PlugShare also enables you to pay for your session through the app in some cases. It is available for Android and iOS.

  1. EVgo

EVgo is also maintained by an EV charging station company of the same name. They have over 800 stations across 35 states, but their map also includes Tesla Superchargers, so you can use it to trace the nearest one.

  1. ABRP (A Better Route Planner)

This is one of the most popular third-party Supercharger locator software. It has a free and a premium version. Despite being a Supercharger map, it is primarily used as a trip-planning app.

  1. ChargeHub

Founded in 2012, ChargeHub has an app and a web version to route drivers to the nearest EV charging point. It can show where there is a Supercharger, whether space is available, the station level, and more.

Pros and Cons of Third-Party Apps:

Using third-party apps creates some risks for the driver. Below are the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • They are easy to find, download and use.
  • Offer comprehensive details about a station.
  • They provide route planning.
  • User-friendly interfaces.

Cons:

  • May require a subscription.
  • Some do not show if there’s an open slot.

5.    Via Google and Apple Maps

Location apps, like Google Maps and Apple Maps, can guide you to a Supercharger. However, the information they offer about the charging station is limited. To use them, you only need to launch the app and type “Tesla Supercharger” in the search bar. The results will also include the slower Tesla destination chargers.

How Do Tesla Superchargers Operate?

There are three types of Tesla Superchargers V1, V2, and V3. V1 and V2 chargers supply a maximum of 150kWh, while a V3 Supercharger delivers up to 250kW. All charge EV batteries via DC power, bypassing the AC to DC conversion process that is typical with most EV chargers.

To use a Supercharger, you only have to park and plug in your EV. Once the car is plugged in, its charge port LED will flash green to show the charging has begun. Superchargers use Type 2 and CCS connectors, although non-Tesla drivers can use an adapter to fuel via the Supercharger.

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What’s the Cost to Charge at a Tesla Supercharging Station?

Charging prices and the pricing model vary between locations and Supercharging stations. Most Supercharging stations will bill you per kWh, but some can charge you per minute. The charging price also varies depending on the time of day in some locations, meaning you pay more to fuel at peak hours and less during off-peak hours.

To help determine the price, Tesla outlines 4 pricing tiers depending on the charging level. Tier one includes Superchargers charging at 60kW or below, while tier 2 covers those between 60kW and 100kW. Tier 3 accounts for chargers between 100kW and 180kW, while tier 4 includes all Superchargers above 180kW.

Sample Supercharging Costs

To demonstrate how pricing varies, the following was the cost of charging at a tier 4 Supercharger, supplying 276 miles per hour at different times during the day.

  • $0.24 per kWh from 9:00 pm to 11:00 am
  • $0.48 per kWh from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

At the above rates, consuming 13kWh costs $3.12 at 9:30 pm and $6.24 30 minutes earlier.

More About Superchargers

  • Supercharger fees are billed to your primary card through your Tesla account, so you cannot pay via credit card.
  • The ‘Charging section’ of your Tesla screen shows the cost of your current charging session. You can also access a summary of your last charging session.
  • An idle fee is applicable at most Tesla Superchargers if you leave your car plugged in after it charges fully. The cost is usually $1 per minute, but this is waived if you move your vehicle within five minutes after a full charge.

Tesla Destination Charger Pricing

These are typically free and are offered as complementary services by hotels, malls, business centers, and residential areas. However, depending on the location, you may be charged a standard parking fee.

Why Should You Choose Tesla Superchargers Over Other Chargers?

While rapid charging can lead to faster battery deterioration, the effect is insignificant. Below are the benefits of a Tesla Supercharger:

  • Faster and more convenient way to charge.
  • Easy to use.
  • In-app payment.
  • They are located strategically.
  • More reliable compared to other network chargers.

FAQs

1.    How to know if a Tesla Supercharger is available?

Superchargers are represented as red pins on the map when using the Tesla app or onboard navigation system. The number inside the pin indicates how many Superchargers are available at that location. Also, some third-party apps let you know how many chargers are available.

2.    Can I charge with a Tesla Supercharger for free?

Tesla launched multiple campaigns in the past offering Tesla owners free charging, but for most Tesla drivers today, Supercharging is not free. However, the following vehicles may qualify:

  • Tesla Model S’s made between 2012 to 2020, excluding the Model S 40.
  • 2018 to 2019 Model 3 performance versions have free unlimited supercharging, which can only be used by the original owner. If sold, this offer is voided.
  • Models delivered between Dec 15 and Dec 31 in 2022 may have 10,000 miles of free supercharging.

You can check if your vehicle is eligible via your Tesla account.

3.    Can any electric vehicle be charged at a Tesla Supercharger?

Yes, any EV can charge using a Tesla supercharger if you have the Magic Dock CCS adaptor. However, only some (about 7500) Superchargers are available for use by all EVs. Tesla opened up its network to qualify for a piece of the $7.5 billion federal EV charging fund.

4.    How many different types of Tesla chargers are there?

There are three types of Tesla chargers; mobile connectors, destination chargers, and Superchargers.

Summary

EVs are the future of transport, and fast chargers like the Tesla Supercharger are crucial in actualizing this future. Rapid charging minimizes waiting time, improving the driver’s experience. Fortunately, it is now easier to locate Tesla Superchargers and use them regardless of your EV model. Hopefully, Tesla will make their entire Supercharger network accessible to other EVs soon.

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