For two years in a row, in both 2015 and 2016, Tesla’s Model S led as the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, according to hybridCARS, a research and news forum for energy-efficient vehicles. With an estimated nearly 51,000 global sales in 2016, the electric car brand surpassed competitors in the battery electric car realm, despite the fact that the EVs coming from well-known manufacturers cost less and are targeted toward a more mainstream demo.
Because it is considered a “luxury class” vehicle, the Tesla Model S wouldn’t be expected to perform in sales as well as more moderately priced plug-in passenger vehicles, according to hybridCARS. The fact that it has stayed at the top of the sales charts for not one year, but two, speaks volumes. It’s just that good of a car.
What makes Teslas so great?
The unwavering popularity of Tesla vehicles begs the question: What makes it different from its competitors? Of several positive attributes of the Tesla brand (sleek design, record range per charge, and renowned safety, to name a few), Tesla’s charging station access is among the top. Tesla provides its own brand of charging stations, called Superchargers, which are strategically placed on popular routes and charge at an extremely rapid rate. Superchargers can only be used by Tesla vehicles. But if you’re a Tesla owner, you don’t need a Supercharger to fill up your Tesla’s battery.
With a Tesla, you can literally charge anywhere—as long as there’s an electrical outlet. So, that means, yes, you can plug into a Supercharger if it’s convenient, or at any public charging station, including stations in the EV Connect network, which you can easily find with the use of the EV Connect app for iPhones and Androids. All public Level 2 (220 volt) charging stations, including EV Connect’s, use the same universal connector (a J1772) to plug into an EV. For Tesla driver, they will need to use the Telsa-provided adaptor to convert the J1772 connector to the outlet in their car.
Explore the EV Connect app and find a charging station fast
The EV Connect mobile app has a Stations tab to locate nearby charging stations, as well as determine their availability. Utilize search filters to check out station status, search radius, accessibility, the power rating of the station, and its network or price. You can even add Favorite Locations for those spots that are easiest for you to access from work or home—or anywhere in between!
Another perk of the EV Connect smartphone app is that you can track the progress of your vehicle’s charging, and whether your vehicle is connected and disconnected from the electric car charging station. Plus, your preferred payment method is saved into the app to make payments quick and seamless.
Charge with ease
So, whether you’re in the market for a Tesla, plan to purchase one in the future, or just recently made the big buy, rest assured that you will have access to electric vehicle charging stations, no matter if it’s at home, on the road via a Supercharger, or at work (or the mall, or a hotel, or a theater—you get the idea) via a charging station in the EV Connect network.