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Tesla Aims to Ease EV Range Anxiety

Supercharger network offers 30-minute quick charge, providing 150 miles of driving range for Model S sedan.

by on Sep.26, 2012

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces the Supercharger network at a Los Angelese gala.

Critics of electric vehicles always point to their limited usefulness for long-distance travel. With many EVs having a range of 80 miles, what do you do if you need to go more than 40 miles from home? And where will you plug it in?

Tesla Motors may have an answer. Constructed in secrecy, Tesla unveiled plans for the first six “Supercharger” stations in California. Eventually, Tesla plans to build a network of 100 of the stations across the country.

Just in case you’re planning to take your Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt – or even Tesla’s first model, the Roadster – to one of the stations, don’t bother. The Superchargers will only work on the Tesla Model S, the carmaker’s new all-electric sedan, and only models with the optional hardware package that allows them to use the system.

Supercharge Your EV Here!

Best of all for the green crowd, the Superchargers will be powered solar panels that will actually send excess electricity back to the grid. Model S owners will be able to use the charging stations for free.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the Supercharger network at a gala event in Los Angeles.

“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,” Musk said. “We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight.”

Still, the Supercharger system is not without controversy.