Tesla already has over 35,000 Superchargers around the world, but it is unclear how it selects locations. According to TechCrunch, the company is now asking the public to tell it where they want the next superchargers to be installed via a new Twitter poll.
Some of the most popular destinations are the most difficult to reach, such as US National Parks, Vancouver Island, Hawaii, and Alaska.
If you’ve ever visited British Columbia, you’ve probably noticed a lot of Tesla EVs on the road, but there are only two Supercharger stations on Vancouver Island, in Victoria and Nanaimo.
Similarly, there is only one station in Alaska, at Soldotna, and one in Hawaii, at Honolulu, with six bays. It would also make sense to install Superchargers at National Park entrances, which are frequently located in remote areas.
Supercharger Voting coming soon. Reply with location suggestions – replies with the most likes will be included in the poll. pic.twitter.com/LxNVnBtvCV
— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) September 8, 2022
Tesla has 1,469 Supercharger stations in the United States, with the number of charge points varying greatly between stations. However, station expansion has lagged behind Tesla EV sales, which increased 87 percent in 2021 while Supercharger installations increased only 35 percent.
This could become a bigger issue in the near future, as the company has stated that it will open up its Supercharger network to non-Tesla vehicles.
Installing them is also not as simple as throwing money around. Tesla recently advertised a position on its Canadian Supercharger design team, stating that applicants must have experience in site permitting, construction feasibility, utility service requests, and other areas.
The company recently informed Supercharger sites that they are profitable, with average monthly charging visits ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 at locations in Vancouver, BC.