Tesla Supercharging Stations Enable Effortless Travel from LA to New York

by , 01/28/14

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For the first time, Tesla Model S drivers can travel from coast to coast at no charge, thanks to a network of “superchargers” stretching across a number of major US cities. In the past, Model S drivers have been limited to a 265-mile range before their batteries ran out, facing charging times as long as 9 hours. The supercharging stations now make long-distance roadtrips in electric vehicles a real possibility by offering up to 170 miles of charge in just 30 minutes. The best part? Use of the stations is absolutely free.

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While there are still many states that lack the supercharging stations, the ability to drive across the US is no small feat for an electric car. The 71 current stations are sparse through the middle of the country, but more readily available on the coasts. Notably, there are also a number of charging stations located in Texas, allowing users to more easily travel within the country’s second-largest state.

By the end of 2015, the company plans to open stations allowing drivers to reach 98% of the 48 contiguous states and even parts of Canada. Superchargers are located near roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers so that drivers can keep occupied while they wait for their vehicle to recharge.

Tesla has launched a similar, smaller-scale experiment in Europe, with 14 stations spread across Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria. While it’s unclear exactly how many stations will open in the EU, it seems that by the end of the year Tesla will have supercharging stations available throughout Western Europe.

+ Tesla Supercharger

Via Engadget


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  1. pmanke February 6, 2014 at 12:48 am

    This may not be most ideal for everyone, but I\\\’m looking forward to it! Soon they will be solar powered chargers, like my charging station at home!
    With the seats down, one may sleep in the back, too!

  2. bettegruben February 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Geesh Guys! This is a start. This is major progress and it’s just the beginning. If you charge longer, you get farther. The average range for a model s is 265 miles (read the above article again). Depending on weather and terrain, you can go farther (or yes, not as far). Look at other electric cars, this is the farthest ranging electric car by far and uses NO gasoline, rather than just boosting your mileage. If you are crossing country for a road trip, you don’t mind stopping along the way. I think this adventure would be a blast. If you want to get there fast, then take a plane. If you want to get there by train, it will take the same amount of time (if you are racing the clock.) Think about how much you would spend on gasoline (and the pollution you would be spewing along the way.) for the same trip. You STILL are spending less even if you stay a couple extra nights. Remember the charging is FREE.

  3. _indiebell January 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    John, I don’t own an electric car nor do I know much about them but just wanted to ask a legit question… An electric car really only lasts for 170 miles before it needs a charge? If so, that’s not efficient at all and certainly isn’t selling me on purchasing an electric car. It’s clear these vehicles weren’t engineered with traveling long distances in mind.

  4. John Giroux January 29, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Also… the part about Texas???? How about travel within a SMALL PORTION of Texas… sheesh. Look at the MAP.

  5. John Giroux January 29, 2014 at 12:56 am

    The headline proclaims “effortless travel from LA to NYC”

    Most efficient route via Google Maps is approximately 2800 miles, however this hardly follows the path of charging stations. Dragging the route to approximate this path adds another 800 miles, or approximately 3600 miles. Divide that by 170 (miles between charges) and one needs to stop and charge 21 times. 21 x 30 minutes is 11.5 hours spent charging, on top of driving 800 miles additional.

    How do you claim this to be “effortless”? It’s adding TWO days travel time which equates to two additional nights in a motel. Just another typical hyped web article headline in my book.

  6. Dan Rezaiekhaligh January 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

    So I’m guessing you’ve never driven cross country, diverting people that far north is horrible.

  7. RelayerM31 January 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Get your kicks, on route “Model S”.

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