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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 danjw1 on 9/25/2012 12:16:58 PM , Rating: 2
From what I have read they are at rest stops that already exist. Usually these have vending machines, water fountains, rest rooms and nice views. It gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs and move a around a bit. There is one on the main route from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe and the rest are currently south of San Francisco going down to Los Angeles. Maybe you like to strap your self and family into the car and drive eight to ten hours without stop, but most of us will not want to do that (don't forget your adult diapers).

The plan is to dot the country with these stations by the end of 2014. There will always be those who refuse to accept new technologies, but the rest of use can enjoy it while they sit on the sidelines and talk about how it will never work.


RE: No it won't
By Jeffk464 on 9/25/2012 1:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well my Tacoma is 7 years old with 35,000 miles so at this rate I should keep it for another 14 years. So I figure 14 years from now electric cars should be at a high level of development. I'll let you guys buy the first generation of this stuff.


RE: No it won't
By Jeffk464 on 9/25/2012 1:19:12 PM , Rating: 2
When was the saturn EV-1 about 14 years ago, now look at this testla. Thats a pretty amazing change in technology, imagine another 14 years.


RE: No it won't
By danjw1 on 9/25/2012 2:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully, within 14 years we have efficient hydrogen cracking and will be moving to fuel cells. Fuel cells generate electricity; So research and development on EVs can be moved into fuel cell vehicles. This also assumes we commit to roll out hydrogen fuel stations around the country. Of course this also assumes we can find a safe way to store hydrogen in vehicles.


RE: No it won't
By Jeffk464 on 9/25/2012 4:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
Safe? Gasoline is not safe. :)


RE: No it won't
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/25/2012 5:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
Naah, H2 is not nearly as good as gasoline as far as energy density goes. A gasoline/cng fuel cell would be ideal, especially if the gasoline or natural gas is fabricated from CO2 and water.


RE: No it won't
By web2dot0 on 9/25/2012 3:55:01 PM , Rating: 2
You should also wait until iPhone 100 comes out, because by then, it can read your mind and can drive the car for you and do your job at work ....

If everyone thinks that way, no one will ever discover america and no one will ever explore anywhere, and Neil Armstrong would of never stepped on the moon.

It's call progress, and you should embrace it, not fear it.


RE: No it won't
By Jeffk464 on 9/25/2012 4:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly I want people to think like you and be an early adopter on whatever were talking about. Then I can come along and by the stuff for cheaper when its more developed.


RE: No it won't
By Spuke on 9/25/2012 5:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Then I can come along and by the stuff for cheaper when its more developed.
At this point, I don't care how developed EV's are or not, I'm not buying one. In 10 years, I'll re-evaluate one as a used (under $10k including replacement battery pack), cheap commuter (2nd car will be an old Alfa or BMW).


RE: No it won't
By danjw1 on 9/25/2012 2:12:53 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, looks like they are putting them in spots that have restaurants nearby. So not what I was thinking of as "rest stops" that are along the I-5 here in California. There is one is Barstow, but nothing in Vegas. There are a number of public charging stations in Vegas that are free to use, but they aren't the Super Chargers, and Tesla owners will need an adapter to use the. It would be nice if they had one up in the Lake Tahoe area. They do have one between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, along I-80, in Folsom, CA. Within 2 years they say they will have Coast to Coast covered with the Super Chargers. Though, it looks like some the the northern no coastal states won't get coverage until a bit later.


RE: No it won't
By Spuke on 9/25/2012 5:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
Do you own or are planning to buy a Tesla? If so, the new sedan or the upcoming SUV?


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