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Free solar charging network from Tesla will reduce range anxiety

Tesla Motors has a lot of hopes riding on its new Model S electric vehicle. The company hopes that the Model S will help it become profitable. In August, the company finished production of its first 50 vehicles and began deliveries to customers.

However, despite the excellent performance and sexy looks, one of the problems drivers have with any electric vehicle is range anxiety.
Drivers who might otherwise be interested in an electric vehicle become concerned that the car may run out of power before they reach their destination and often opt for a hybrid or conventional car instead of the EV due to that fear. Tesla has announced that it intends to install a revolutionary network of high-performance electric chargers around the country that it is calling the Supercharger network. The chargers will be available to Model S and other Tesla vehicle owners at no cost.
“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.”

Tesla Model S
Tesla has revealed the locations for the initial six Supercharger stations. The stations are installed throughout California and in parts of Nevada and Arizona. The electricity used to recharge Tesla vehicles using the Superchargers comes from a solar carport system installed by SolarCity. According to Tesla, using these solar installations means that there is almost zero marginal energy costs after the installation.
By next year, Tesla plans to install Superchargers in high-traffic corridors across the continental United States. The goal is to provide fast purely electric travel from Vancouver to San Diego, Miami to Montréal, and Los Angeles to New York according to Tesla area
The company will also begin installing Superchargers in Europe and Asia in the second half of 2013. Supercharger is an apt name for the new charging systems that are able to provide almost 100 kW of power to the Model S. The charging stations also have the potential to go as high as 120 kW in the future. The charging capacity is enough to allow the Model S to drive for three hours at 60 mph after 30 minutes of charging.

Source: Tesla Motors

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hope there's coffee & internet
By Manch on 9/25/2012 9:27:53 AM , Rating: 2
30 min is still a bit of a wait....

3hrs driving at 60mph? How long at 65? 70? 75? which are more typical highway speeds. Most people tend to push that limit too.

Most people drive by the "under 10 rule"

RE: hope there's coffee & internet
By Jeffk464 on 9/25/2012 1:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
the car looks super slippery, I'm guessing it is pretty efficient at speed.

RE: hope there's coffee & internet
By titanmiller on 9/25/2012 1:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
This should answer all of your questions:

RE: hope there's coffee & internet
By FITCamaro on 9/25/2012 1:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
So at the normal 70 mph interstate speed, you're looking at less than 250 miles in nearly all circumstances. Less when you go over (which nearly everyone does).

RE: hope there's coffee & internet
By Spuke on 9/25/2012 5:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
If it's anything like the Roadster, it will be less than that. I would accept that if your drive to the freeway was short and not a lot of stop and go, AND you had no traffic on the freeway itself, you could get close to those figures. Oh, with no radio or A/C on, of course.

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