Tesla Motors Plans to Deploy "Supercharger" Charging Network for Model S
September 25, 2012 8:14 AM
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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
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.
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RE: No it won't
9/25/2012 3:51:24 PM
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
9/26/2012 8:04:53 PM
I'll start by explaining that I am an Aerospace Engineer and understand the amperes and voltage limitations needed.
I'll continue by explaining in more technical terms since more is expected from my suggestion.
You can easily divide these cells into 8 INDEPENDENT BATTERIES shielded and kept at a relatively safe distance from one another. Considering the power output of around 30 kWh, a small distance of a couple inches between the batteries should suffice.
Furthermore, 240V is much safer to use than 480V. This is because over-volting a battery can compromise the cells, which can cause overheating and decrease the number of cycles the batteries can run.
Just because 240V x 8 = 1920V, it isn't all being used simultaneously. Think of it as eight laptops being charged by 8 separate charges plugged into a surge protector. It isn't 120V x 8 = 960V being pumped into one laptop.
I'll conclude by saying go fuck yourself for being a douche bag.
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