Tesla Motors passed an important milestone in June as its rapidly expanding Supercharger network delivered more than one gigawatt hour of energy (GWh) to Model S electric vehicles – that’s enough energy for 3.7 million electric miles! According to Tesla’s blog, the achievement saved 168,000 gallons of gas and offset 4.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Since the Superchargers were launched less than two years ago, the network has powered more than 24.7 million driving miles and prevented 1.1 million gallons of gasoline from being burned.
The Supercharger network is now the largest fast-charging network in the world and the fastest growing. The 100th charging station around the world was installed in Hamilton, New Jersey a little over two months ago, and today there are 99 charging stations in North America from coast to coast. By the end of 2015, 98 percent of the U.S. population will be within 100 miles of a Supercharger. There are also currently 32 charging stations in Europe and three in Asia, specifically China, with more coming soon.
Model S customers with an 85 kWh battery or an upgraded 60 kWh Model S are equipped to charge for free at any Supercharger station. Tesla’s new 120 kW Superchargers can charge a battery halfway in as little as 20 minutes – that’s 16 times faster than most public charging stations. Some of the stations even provide clean energy from photovoltaic canopies – and Tesla plans to roll out additional solar-powered stations in the near future.
Tesla’s CEO and Chief Product Architect Elon Musk is also the chairman of SolarCity, a solar installation company that recently bought solar panel manufacturer Silevo and plans to build multiple solar factories in Buffalo, New York. With Musk betting big on solar energy, it could be only a matter of time until every Supercharger uses solar power.
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