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Tesla Announces National Supercharger Network of Charging Stations

Tesla Announces National Supercharger Network of Charging Stations

By Jeff Youngs, September 25, 2012
On Monday, Tesla revealed its new Supercharger quick-charging system, with six locations in California. The Supercharger stations are designed exclusively for use with Tesla's Model S sedan, a 7-passenger luxury electric model that recently went into production.

The Supercharger network draws its electricity from solar carport systems, and each Supercharger is designed to generate more energy in a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using each charging station. This results in a "net positive transfer of sunlight-generated power back to the electricity grid," according to Tesla.

By converting sunlight into electricity to power its vehicles, the company also says its new Supercharger technology "addresses a commonly held misunderstanding that charging an electric car simply pushes carbon emissions to the power plant."

The new Supercharger stations are designed to fully recharge the Tesla Model S in 30 minutes, and the electricity is free. The company says the Model S offers a 3-hour driving range at 60 mph, and that the 30-minute recharging time represents a "convenience inflection point" for travelers. The Model S, according to the EPA, has a 265-mile driving range.

Tesla says the 6 Superchargers located in California are the beginning of a nationwide rollout of the quick-charging stations in high-traffic corridors throughout the United States, ultimately "enabling fast, purely electric travel from Vancouver to San Diego, Miami to Montreal and Los Angeles to New York." The company also announced that it plans to start installing Superchargers in Europe and Asia by 2014.

"Tesla's Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles ... demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be," said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. "We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight."

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