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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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RE: No it won't
By quiksilvr on 9/25/2012 11:24:23 AM , Rating: 3
What I don't understand is why does it have to be a SINGLE PLUG to charge?

Why can't the battery be divided into like 8 subsections and then just plug eight 240V plugs? That will be done in about 10 minutes plus plugging in something isn't exactly the most difficult thing in the world. It's easier than using a pump so I don't see why doing that eight times is such a hassle.

But if you really wanted to make it convenient, just have one super plug that divides it eight ways internally 240V for each subsystem?

We already have electric cars with 300 mile ranges. The main problem is cost, not the technology. We have the technology to have super fast charging. It's just expensive.


RE: No it won't
By soydios on 9/25/2012 11:49:51 AM , Rating: 3
That's sorta what they do already. The battery is a massive array of cells arranged both in series and in parallel. The smart charging circuitry charges each as fast as the chemistry safely allows.


RE: No it won't
By hankw on 9/25/2012 11:51:43 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
We already have electric cars with 300 mile ranges. The main problem is cost, not the technology. We have the technology to have super fast charging. It's just expensive.


Agreed, money is one of the main factors which is why they need to release something to make money and not let it incubate in the labs until everyone is 100% satisfied. Whatever mistake they make now will be corrected in the next iteration like all technology.


RE: No it won't
By web2dot0 on 9/25/2012 3:51:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hey genius, maybe you should patent this "idea" and make millions of it! hahahaha.

This why we have ENGINEERS working on this, not lay man like yourself. You know, like smart people, not people who bitch and complain and think they can do it better.

Ever heard of HEAT? Right, I'm just going to charge 6000 laptop battery simulateneously at full power and close quarters, at unlimited ampage and nothing wrong is ever gonna happen.

I wonder why people don't put 100000hp on a honda civic, like, wouldn't it go very fast?!?!?! Patent the idea buddy!!


RE: No it won't
By quiksilvr on 9/26/12, Rating: 0
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