Tesla's growing worldwide presence

2 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Features

When Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpening launched Tesla Motors in 2003, many people figured a few rich people were just fooling around. When Elon Musk joined the company with a $7.5 million dollar investment and subsequently plopped an AC motor into a Lotus glider, other investors thought they may be on to something.

The company continued to grow and develop, eventually going public ($NASDAQ:TSLA) in 2010 and then releasing the Model S in 2012 to almost unanimously gushing reviews.

But one common criticism remained: Tesla was launching an electric car in a fossil-fuel world. Where would people buy the cars? Where would they recharge them? Where would they get them serviced? How realistic is an electric car in a world without an electric-car infrastructure?

Musk and company had a plan: they would blanket the world with charging stations, service centers, and more.

Turns out that they may have made good on this promise.

The map below shows the current Tesla Motors worldwide footprint, including chargers, stores, and service centers. It paints a fairly convincing picture: Tesla is everywhere. That is, everywhere anyone would want to be. 

According to data that we track for Tesla's various real-world locations, Tesla has almost 14,000 chargers throughout the world. In May 2016 (according to our data), there were about 3,100 chargers.

Meanwhile, Tesla now has 438 Tesla Motors Stores throughout the world and almost 100 service centers (Tesla has opened even more Service Centers internationally since we last pulled the data, as you can see here).

Entity Name

Ticker Symbol (Count)

Tesla Motors Charger

13,997

Tesla Motors Store

438

Tesla Motors Service

98

In other words, if you're a consumer who's been on the fence about the practicality of driving and electric car in a gasoline world, chances are pretty good that you now have a charging station, store, or even a service center within a realistic distance from wherever you are.

Based on the clip at which new outlets are showing up, there's little reason to believe the current infrastructure won't continue to expand.

Entity Name

Country

Ticker Symbol (Count)

Tesla Motors Charger

United States

4,821

Tesla Motors Charger

China

840

Tesla Motors Charger

Germany

784

Tesla Motors Charger

France

768

Tesla Motors Charger

Italy

737

Tesla Motors Charger

Australia

644

Tesla Motors Charger

Canada

641

Tesla Motors Charger

United Kingdom

601

Tesla Motors Charger

Mexico

533

Tesla Motors Charger

Austria

508

Tesla's international rollout has been steady, if not uneven. Elon Musk is — at this very moment — on a goodwill tour in China, promising to build a $2 billion factory in China, meeting with Premier Li Keqiang, and even cut the price of Tesla cars by as much as 26% to spark sales in the region.

Entity Name

Country

Ticker Symbol (Count)

Tesla Motors Store

United States

160

Tesla Motors Store

Germany

38

Tesla Motors Store

China

31

Tesla Motors Store

United Kingdom

29

Tesla Motors Store

France

19

Tesla Motors Store

Switzerland

19

Tesla Motors Store

Norway

16

Tesla Motors Store

Canada

14

Tesla Motors Store

Belgium

12

Tesla Motors Store

Netherlands

11

Entity Name

Country

Ticker Symbol (Count)

Tesla Motors Service

United States

57

Tesla Motors Service

United Kingdom

9

Tesla Motors Service

Hong Kong

4

Tesla Motors Service

Norway

3

Tesla Motors Service

Canada

3

Tesla Motors Service

China

3

Tesla Motors Service

Germany

3

Tesla Motors Service

France

2

Tesla Motors Service

Sweden

2

Tesla Motors Service

Macao

2

Tesla Motors Service

Mexico

2

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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