|Tesla’s vision of the Supercharger network in 2015. Click to enlarge.|
Tesla Motors announced an accelerated rollout of its Tesla Supercharger network, which delivers quick charging for Tesla Model S drivers over long distances (i.e., city-to-city travel), for free.
The company also said that it is currently in beta test with new technology for the Supercharger that will allow Model S to be charged at 120 kW, replenishing enough energy for three hours of driving in just over 20 minutes. This essentially cuts the current charging time in half relative to early trials of the system. The new technology will be fully rolled out to customers this summer.
The expansion of the Supercharger network builds upon the initial deployment of the network in California and Nevada on the west coast and the Washington, DC to Boston region on the east coast.
Tesla says that the Supercharger network has enabled an estimated 1 million miles of electric driving since going live in October 2012.
The accelerated rollout of the Tesla Supercharger network will see:
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, Tesla plans for the Supercharger network to 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.
In one year, Tesla plans for the Supercharger network to stretch across the continent, covering almost 80% of the population of the US and Canada, said Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO. In two years, that coverage should extend to around 98%, he added.
By buying a Tesla you essentially have free long-distance travel throughout the country forever.—Elon Musk