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There are 70 Superchargers total in the U.S. now

Range anxiety has been an issue plaguing the electric vehicle (EV) industry since its birth, as drivers fear getting stranded between charges. But Tesla Motors is hoping its Model S EV will eliminate such fears as the automaker plants charging stations coast to coast. 

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that owners of the Model S can now drive from coast to coast for the first time, as the automaker has successfully placed Supercharger stations from Los Angeles to New York. 




A Model S battery holds an estimated 265-mile range with a full charge. The problem is that charging stations for EVs are not as ubiquitous as gasoline stations, so making a lengthy drive from home (or the nearest charging station) can be nerve-racking. 

But with Superchargers strategically plotted from coast to coast, Model S drivers can travel with ease knowing that a 30-minute quick charge at a Supercharger station will provide about 170 miles of range. Traditional charging can take as long as nine hours for a fully-charged battery. 

The Superchargers -- which are for Model S vehicles only -- have reached a population of 70 throughout the U.S. now. 


Tesla Superchargers nationwide
 
But it's not enough for Musk to just tell customers about the company's latest accomplishment. In true Tesla form, he's sending out two teams of Tesla drivers to travel from Los Angeles to New York from January 31 through February 2. They will use the Superchargers along the way to prove to current and potential Model S owners that the EV isn't just for a daily work commute; it's also the family vacation vehicle. 
 
Musk even added that he's planning to make the same trip with his family come Spring Break in a Model S. 
 
This won't be the Model S' first long distance road trip, however. Back in early 2013, staff writer John Broder from The New York Times took Tesla's Model S sedan on an east coast road trip over the winter with the intention of checking out the new East Coast Superchargers, then writing an article about his experience.
 
The article, published February 10, 2013, described a horrible adventure where the EV's range failed on many occasions and eventually had to be towed. Tesla CEO Elon Musk became suspicious of Broder's claims, since so many other journalists had made similar or more tasking trips in the Model S. He pulled the driving logs from Broder's Model S and discovered that the NYT article had some inaccuracies.
 
Musk accused Broder of having a biased opinion against EVs before even receiving the Model S, and hence, set the car up for failure in many "no-win" scenarios. Broder then replied to Musk in a new article, pointing out that he was unaware of any other charging stations along the way, or of maximized charging techniques.

Source: Bloomberg





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