Elon Musk is planning to build a supercharger network to the size of New York City.
It’s called the Superchargers Project, and it will cost about $10 billion, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
The announcement comes on the heels of Musk saying in a Q&A that the company would be building a new superchargers network of 100 gigawatts in total, the equivalent of about 15 million homes.
Tesla said it would not have to pay the federal government for the infrastructure, and would only have to provide it with the necessary power to run the network.
“We’re going to build this network and then it will be open to everyone, but you need a very high degree of safety for it to work,” Musk said at the time.
“We are doing this to be a leader in the technology, not a leader.”
Musk’s comments came in response to a question about the cost of the Supercharging network, which has already been announced in Tesla’s financial statements.
Tesla said that it would be a “fairly massive” undertaking to build 100 gigawatt Superchargings, but that it could be built for as little as $2.40 per kWh.
It also said that, for comparison, a Supercharging network of 1.3 million people would cost around $20 per person per day, per hour.
“If you look at a 10 megawatt supercharging system, that would have a capacity of about 3.6 billion kWh, and we’re not talking about a massive amount of electricity,” Musk told reporters.
“What we’re talking about is something like a 30 megawat, 100 megawet supercharg, with capacity of maybe 10,000 kWh.
That’s not going to be cheap.”
Musk added that the network would be built on an “underground” approach.
Tesla has already started building a network of Superchargress stations, and Musk said he planned to expand the project to cover other areas of the country.
Musk added in a subsequent interview that the new Superchargger network would include stations in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas.
The Superchargr program will be available for Tesla Model S, Model X, and the Roadster, the company announced.
The new Supercharging infrastructure is part of a larger effort to make electric vehicles cheaper for consumers, with Tesla aiming to offer all Model S and Model X cars with a free 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack.