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Uncertainty for Tesla Superchargers expansion

Tesla has assured Australian customers that the Supercharger construction will continue, after cuts left long-term expansion in doubt.

Tesla has assured Australian customers that the Supercharger construction will continue, after business wide cuts left long-term expansion in doubt.

After the dismissal of the global team behind the expansion of the Tesla Supercharger, the future of the network in Australia has been solidified by Tesla.
Although the construction will continue in existing locations, it is unclear whether there will be an expansion to new Supercharger locations.

According to an email acquired by Drive, Tesla said, “the Supercharger network will continue to be expanded… projects currently in construction are continuing to be completed and put into operation.”

The email follows a report from technology website EFTM claiming a Victorian business preparing to add four Tesla Supercharger stations in its car park had been advised it would not go ahead.

This location was still in the planning stages, and ground had not been broken on the four charging stalls.

In the email to customers, Tesla Australia said “Supercharger sites are continuing to be serviced and maintained by our team, with operational support being provided.

“The Supercharger network is still core to Tesla’s mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Reducing costs and increasing efficiency are important for fulfilling our mission and remain a priority.

“Customer experience for charging continues to be a top priority for the Supercharger network and we continue to focus on the ease of charging, competitive pricing and investing in the charging experience holistically.”

Earlier this month, reports emerged that Tesla had laid off the Superchargers team. Operating for over 14 years, with 50,000 plugs globally, Tesla has one of the world’s largest electric-car fast-charging networks.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on X (formerly known as Twitter) hours after the overseas reports that Tesla “still plans to grow the Supercharger network.”

However, he said it would occur at “a slower pace for new locations” to place “more focus on 100 [per cent] uptime and expansion of existing locations.”

“[Supercharger] sites under construction will be completed and we will add additional Superchargers anywhere where there are gaps,” he said.

The CEO did not explicitly confirm the layoffs, but implied the report was accurate by unfollowing two X accounts run by passionate Tesla owners and shareholders, commenting “don’t post leaks of confidential information and expect me to follow.”

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