After an initial announcement in 2012, followed by multiple recalls in 2013, 2017 and 2019, Tesla reiterated a promise for its compressors. According to Justin Lange, a senior executive at Tesla who contributed to the manufacturer’s project for an electric charging system, all compressors will be powered by renewable energy in 2021.
For the fifth recovery, nine years after its initial announcement, Tesla says that this major project will therefore be achieved this year. A challenge for the 2,699 charging stations, some of which use the public power grid. But an advantage that must be taken into account for the Californian company over its competitors.
Can we believe Tesla’s words?
Tesla has made this exact claim a number of times.
The 100% solar supercharger network has been available “for a long time” as “full self-driving”! https://t.co/lAKzpKLR6e
– EW Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer), April 27, 2021
A vague message
The news was published by Justin Lange on the occasion of Earth Day, which was celebrated on April 22, without an official relay from the manufacturer. It was the Electrek media that spotted him on Tuesday. Force and note that the message remains vague about how Tesla will achieve its goal.
With the competitive advantage, the manufacturer leaves the marketing of energy storage solutions and school panels. Some of these systems are already present in the network of charging stations, but not all are equipped with them, and the system does not allow the electricity supply to be completely replaced by the public network with various energy sources that are not necessarily renewable.
However, the Tesla executive said that all electricity used for compressors “will be 100% renewable by 2021”. It is unclear which approach will be used to achieve the goal – whether Tesla intends to negotiate with all suppliers, or whether it relies on its own storage facilities and school signs.
However, the news published was the opportunity to find some interesting statistics on the Tesla compressor network since its inception. In ten years, the manufacturer has distributed 2.4 TWh of electricity for 13.3 billion kilometers (8.3 billion miles) with no emissions, saved 334 million gallons of gasoline and offset 3 billion kilos of CO2.
After all, this is the first event where Tesla promised compressors with 100% renewable electricity. It was in 2012: