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Tesla has begun construction on a new supercharging network at its Fremont, California, factory, the company announced Monday.
The facility, which is called the Supercharger 2, will have up to 8,000 chargers, the first in the U.S. to have such capacity.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the project will have a 50 percent increase in the number of charging stations, with the rest of the facility built by the end of the year.
The network will also include “over 200,000” miles of high-speed electric motors that will allow cars to travel up to 500 miles (818 kilometers) per charge.
Tesla is building the new network with a mix of solar, battery storage, electric motors and a mix and match of hybrid vehicles.
It said the cost of the project has been covered by a $2.5 billion loan from the California Public Utilities Commission, which will pay off $600 million of debt.
Tesla will use the network to sell its new Model 3 electric sedan, which it is selling in China at a discount.
The company also has a partnership with Toyota to build the new electric cars, which are expected to be available in 2020.
Tesla’s Superchargers have a range of 3,000 miles (5,200 kilometers), but it plans to extend the range to 4,000 to 5,000 mile-per-charge (6,200 to 8-10 kilometers per charge) in 2020 with the help of battery packs from Panasonic, Panasonic Power (PPL) and LG Chem.
The new Supercharging network will be able to accommodate an estimated 10,000 vehicles per day.