Tesla Supercharger network launched, 30 minutes of charge for a 150 miles range [video]

Free for Model S owners.

Tesla Motors has made an important announcement this week, introducing its own Supercharger network of solar powered charging stations that are installed in California, Nevada and Arizona. Such a station is capable of providing almost 100 kilowatts of power, translating into approximately 150 miles of electric charge in just 30 minutes of charge. According to Tesla, this system can supply up to 120 kilowatts.

The Tesla Model S with the 85 kWh battery has the hardware necessary to utilize these new charging stations while the models with the smaller 60 kWh can be charged only with an optional kit. Tesla's solar technology generates more than enough energy needed for Model S owners and is capable of delivering the excess back into the national grid.

The company said that they plan on offering small charging stations that can be used at home. This Supercharger network will be expanded next year in the United States, followed by Europe and Asia in the second part of 2013.

Model S owners can recharge their batteries free of charge.

Source: Tesla Motors



Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) today unveiled its highly anticipated Supercharger network. Constructed in secret, Tesla revealed the locations of the first six Supercharger stations, which will allow the Model S to travel long distances with ultra fast charging throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona.

The technology at the heart of the Supercharger was developed internally and leverages the economies of scale of existing charging technology already used by the Model S, enabling Tesla to create the Supercharger device at minimal cost. The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation. Combining these two factors, Tesla is able to provide Model S owners1 free long distance travel indefinitely.

Each solar power system is designed to generate more energy from the sun over the course of a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger. This results in a slight net positive transfer of sunlight generated power back to the electricity grid. In addition to lowering the cost of electricity, this addresses a commonly held misunderstanding that charging an electric car simply pushes carbon emissions to the power plant. The Supercharger system will always generate more power from sunlight than Model S customers use for driving. By adding even a small solar system at their home, electric car owners can extend this same principle to local city driving too.

The six California locations unveiled today are just the beginning. By next year, we plan to install Superchargers in high traffic corridors across the continental United States, enabling fast, purely electric travel from Vancouver to San Diego, Miami to Montreal and Los Angeles to New York. Tesla will also begin installing Superchargers in Europe and Asia in the second half of 2013.

The Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing almost 100 kilowatts of power to the Model S, with the potential to go as high as 120 kilowatts in the future. This can replenish three hours of driving at 60 mph in about half an hour, which is the convenience inflection point for travelers at a highway rest stop. Most people who begin a road trip at 9am would normally stop by noon to have lunch, refresh and pick up a coffee or soda for the road, all of which takes about 30 minutes.

"Tesla's Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, providing long distance travel that has a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes. However, by making electric long distance travel at no cost, an impossibility for gasoline cars, Tesla is demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be," said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. "We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight."

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What's with all the NEGATIVITY!?? Here we have a progressive development that goes towards taking most of us off oil dependency and all that entails but instead of people getting excited about this. We hear all types of odd criticisms. So many of you drive more than 150miles in a day? every day? Come on! Get serious. Not only has Tesla made a Solar Powered charging station, they also are planning on offering a home kit. So if I understand this correctly, I can buy a Tesla car, drive upto 150 miles on one charge and potentially charge it at home (where I usually sleep for more than 30 minutes) for FREE. Let me repeat that, buy a home charging station where I can harness the power of the sun (Free) and charge my car every other day or every day to keep my mind at ease, FOR FREE. I like this plan considering I spend about $100 per week on gas. so what is wrong with this plan? That I might have to sell excess power back to the power utility company and save even more money on my electricity bill?
Sep 27th, 2012 1:09am
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pkennedy23 pkennedy23
Makes no sense-You have to stop in and sit there for 30 minutes to charge your car.....Cant imagine spending 100k and having to pull over all the time to charge the damn thing. Buy a volt and save 80k and go buy a real muscle car or Porsche for the other 80k.
Sep 26th, 2012 8:12pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Tesla aside, these supercharger stations (although a bit phallic) will be more stylish than the "urban design" eco-boxes that they are going to power. Pack (lots) of food and tell your friends not to stay up at night, leave the keys under the doormat. you`ll arrive eventually.
Sep 26th, 2012 7:24pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Heat development during the charging? Me thinks it a good idea, but Tesla will be swallowed up by Benz long before a national (or intl.)network stands.....
Sep 26th, 2012 7:12pm
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