Tesla Supercharger line

The speed and availability of charging stations have been cited by consumers as two of their biggest concerns about electric vehicles.
Owners can do the vast majority of their charging at home or at work, but on rare occasions, demand spikes, said Karl Brauer, the executive publisher of Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, making the economics of building charging stations difficult.
Tesla has taken a more proactive approach to building charging stations than any other automaker, and its consistent sales growth suggests that potential customers have not been scared off by the currently-available charging infrastructure.
But photos and videos of Tesla Supercharger stations like those posted on Twitter and YouTube last week, showing long lines and broken chargers during one of the busiest times for travel, indicate that the electric-car maker will need to continue expanding its charging network and improve its reliability, while receiving more help from other companies.
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Companies like Tesla, Chargepoint, and Electrify America (which was started by Volkswagen) are expanding the availability of electric-vehicle charging stations, but there is still work ahead of them. Videos and photos of full Tesla Supercharger stations around Thanksgiving this year illustrated the enormous challenges faced by electric-vehicle makers and charging-station companies.

“Spent more time charging than driving,” one Twitter user wrote on Sunday.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The speed and availability of charging stations have been cited by consumers as two of their biggest concerns about electric vehicles. Owners can do the vast majority of their charging at home or work, but on rare occasions, demand spikes, said Karl Brauer, the executive publisher …read more

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