Tesla, the electric car company, now has 2,000 superchargers spread across 400 different stations. The chargers are solar-powered, free to use, and, as unveiled in 2012, part of a new electric network. There are now four times as many superchargers as there were at this time last year, and Tesla is still planning to add even more.
Superchargers offset 570,921 gallons of gas. Each. That has saved over $2.3 million in collective fuel costs. The chargers have charged up over 14.2 million miles, which is enough to circumnavigate the globe 573 times. The chargers have delivered 4.9 million kWh of power since they started charging and 5,196 cars can be served in just seven days, with the advanced speed of the superchargers.
What makes a supercharger so great? A supercharger can also charge a Model S 16 times faster than a regular charging station. Instead of having to wait all day to charge up your car, you charge your Tesla in the time it takes to drink your morning coffee. The amount of current they can put into a battery pack in a shorter amount of time is impressive. They can put almost 100 KW into a vehicle and Tesla boss man Elon Musk says that number should improve to 120 KW soon. This means that almost 150 miles of range could be added to the current range, which is pretty amazing.
“Superchargers are located at places you’ll actually want to stop, like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers,” said Musk. “So pull in, plug in, and grab a bite to eat. Model S will be ready when you get back.”
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