Tesla Completes Coast-to-Coast Section of Free Supercharger Network

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Tesla's drive to dominate the world of electric vehicles, beginning with the U.S. market, has passed a new milestone after CEO and co-founder Elon Musk last week posted on Twitter that the company has completed the coast-to-coast section of the free Supercharger network. Model S owners will now be able to travel from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast for free by using a series of free supercharger stations.

According to the Tesla website, there are a total of 71 supercharger stations installed around the country, available for use by 80% of the population (as long as you own a Tesla Model S). Each station is located near major highway intersections, next to restaurants, cafes, or shopping malls in order to allow the owners to relax for the 30 minutes it takes the vehicles to recharge.

Supercharger Network today.

Supercharger Network today. Source: Tesla website.

Supercharger Network 2015.

Supercharger Network 2015. Source: Tesla website.

Musk tweeted that the "Tesla Supercharger network now energized from New York to LA, both coasts + Texas!"

This achievement will not mean the end for Tesla's ambitious plans. Many more free supercharger stations are scheduled for installation, with the website claiming that next year they hope to cover the entire country and benefit 98% of the population.

The Supercharger network is a vital part of the company's plans to conquer the U.S. motor industry. Without it, the Model S drivers would be limited by the 265-mile range offered by the car's battery, and would then need to plug it in for nine hours in order to recharge it to 100%. Now a 30-minute charge can provide 170 miles of range, giving the Model S a huge advantage over competitor EVs and removing the biggest killer of enthusiasm in EVs among the general population, the dreaded range anxiety.

Tesla expects the entire Supercharger network to be complete by the time the affordable Model E is released to the market in 2017.

Cleantechnica reports that thanks to the Supercharger network, buying a Tesla doesn't just mean buying a zero-emission electric car. It also means free fuel forever, or as long as Tesla decides to offer the use of the Supercharger stations for free.

Musk also announced that two teams will drive Tesla cars across the U.S., using the newly completed Supercharger network, to try and set a cross-country electric vehicle speed record. They will leave LA on the 31st of January and hope to arrive in New York on the 2nd of February.

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  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 12:24 PM, Hoptopia wrote:

    How awesome is that? So instead of putting in a standards based network that all electric vehicles can use, only snobs driving the S can use the stations. Imagine what it would be like to have gas stations that only serve Chevy's and so on.

    Why not put in a standard network and make non Tesla cars pay for the service?

  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 1:21 PM, SteveTG3 wrote:

    @Hop, Tesla has been asked about this. They are open to doing just as you suggested... allowing other manufacturers pay to allow their cars access to the stations.

    Tesla could not survive waiting for the day a group of automakers got together a system with the speed of charging the SuperChargers allow, so they just built it themselves and are open to anyone else coming on board.

  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 7:44 PM, cobraman69 wrote:

    @Hop, don't they have to start somewhere?

    Be glad it's actually starting to happen and we're not just reading about it in Popular Mechanics magazine for the next 20 years!!! I'm happy to see the future happening NOW, for once!

  • Report this Comment On January 30, 2014, at 7:28 AM, EdwardInFlorida wrote:

    @Hop. Grow up man! The Supercharger network is being paid for by Tesla's money. How about BMW, Nissan, and other makers of electric cars contributing to the "cause"? As another poster mentioned, there are possibilities that either Tesla will license their charging technology to open the opportunity to other makes of electric cars, or pay a fee to use the current supercharger network. And by the way, if you view Tesla owners as "snobs", you will probably deny yourself the opportunity of prospering.

  • Report this Comment On January 30, 2014, at 11:47 AM, thegreentreefrog wrote:

    It's called a Monopoly! Rich Boy's and there TOY'S!

    Tesla is not the PEOPLES CAR!

  • Report this Comment On January 30, 2014, at 12:03 PM, ffbj wrote:

    For one thing it is no too logical for Tesla to let anyone use their network. In many places there are no enough chargers available. Check out the stories on charger rage. Second: for most ev's it would be next to pointless as they have insufficient range to utilize the charging stations as they are placed around 200 miles apart, and most ev's have less than 100 miles in range. Third: Tesla does not want people to use these super-chargers all that much they are mainly a selling point for the car, and put truth to one of Musk's favorite sayings: drive free on sunlight forever.

    It is luxury car just as Bmw, Mercedes, etc...are luxury brands, which Tesla outsold actually all other luxury car makes by volume.

    I doubt if, any time soon, they will make their network available to other car makers.

  • Report this Comment On January 30, 2014, at 7:22 PM, wiserinvestor wrote:

    Great! Now charge that Tesla with a solar powered EV charging system equipped with new high efficiency, Hyper X solar panels that offer a better PTC to STC ratio than over 100 of SunPower's solar panel models and a killer -0.27%/degree C temperature coefficient for nearly half the cost of a SunPower system and then you'll really be driving in style.

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