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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 Pirks on 9/26/2012 3:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
1) range is same as price (more price more range problem solved :P)
2) fill up time matters only for cab drivers, the rest will recharge at night
3) variety is not an issue with more and more manufacturers switching to EV every year
4) you buy your EV car too, no need to subsidize it
5) for the price of EV blah blah see price above, the ONLY real argument
6) you can also use EV to get hell out of dodge

no real sound arguments from you besides price. just as expected. and I didn't say EVs are ready for EVERYONE as of TODAY.


RE: No it won't
By Manch on 9/27/2012 5:31:05 AM , Rating: 2
Whether you pay 2K or 50K for a ice vehicle, range is about the same. Again a 5min fillup extends that. YOu can not do that with an EV.

All EVs are subsidized by tax payers, so no. If you buy an EV, everyone elses tax helps pay for it.

Yeah you can pay more to get more range, but spec a similar ice vehicle and the price is far less leaving you plenty of money to fill up.

You didn't address hauling capacity. The more you carry, the less distance you can travel. While this is true for ice vehicles, again 5min fillup.

More and more manufacturers are making EV's but do you see any trucks? SUV? Nope, because of RANGE.
EVs aren't ready. It's the batteries. Until they can resolve capacity and recharge rates, it will continue to be so.

Hybrids are a better solution. None of the range anxiety, prices are within reason for the most part.


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