Tesla Makes Big Strides in Supercharger Network Across US


 Tesla Motors  has announced significant expansion of the Tesla Supercharger network. SuperchargingTesla enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely. The expansion of the network builds upon the success of the Tesla Supercharger network that covers California and Nevada on the west coast and the Washington, DC to Boston region on the east coast. The Tesla Supercharger network has enabled an estimated 1 million miles of driving since going live in October 2012. Superchargers are designed for city to city travel, enabling Model S electric vehicle drivers to travel for about three hours, take a 20 to 30 minute break to grab lunch or a soda or coffee, and get back on the road charged up. For free.

With the accelerated rollout of the Tesla Supercharger network, Model S drivers can expect:


  • Triple the number of Tesla Supercharger stations by the end of next month, including additional stations in California, coverage of the northwest region from Vancouver to Seattle to Portland, Austin to Dallas in Texas, Illinois and Colorado. There will also be four additional eastern seaboard stations, expanding the density of the network to provide for more convenient stopping points.



  • Within six months the Tesla Supercharger network will connect most of the major metro areas in the US and Canada, including expansion into Arizona, additional stations in Texas, Florida, and the Midwest, stations connecting Ottawa to Montreal, and across North and South Carolina into Georgia. It will also be possible to travel diagonally across the country from Los Angeles to New York using only the Tesla Supercharger network.



  • A year from now, the Tesla Supercharger network will stretch across the continent, covering almost the entire population of the US and Canada. The expansion of the network will mean that Model S drivers can take the ultimate road trip -- whether that’s LA to New York, Vancouver to San Diego, or Montreal to Miami – without spending a cent on fuel.


In addition to the expansion of the Tesla Supercharger network itself, Tesla is improving the technology behind the Tesla Supercharger to dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes to charge Model S, cutting charging time in half relative to early trials of the system. The new technology, which is in beta test mode now and will be fully rolled out to customers this summer, will allow Model S to be charged at 120 kW, replenishing three hours of driving in just over 20 minutes



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Leithauser (anonymous)

Free? Can they really provide free power indefinitely? Sounds good. Of course, the car costs $62,400 after tax credit, and I think you actually have to buy the $72,400 model to get the free charging. If you buy $50 worth of gas per week now, it would take about 28 years to pay off the car. But if you deduct what you might pay for a regular gas car and figure in what you save on oil and other expenses that electric cars do not have, you might get your money back before the car dies.

Written in June 2013

Gary V.

Advanced self-powered electric cars would obsolete charging networks. See the "Advanced Self-Powered Electric Transportation Vehicles" chapter in "130 Electrical Energy Innovations" in www.padrak.com/vesperman.

Written in June 2013

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