Tesla’s Bright Speck: Supercharger Network
Upon payment for a product, many companies then forget about their customers; not Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). Tesla Motors continues to bring out new software updates for its Model S vehicles and attempts to make travel much easier by offering an increasing number of Supercharger stations that allow owners to charge their Model S for free and in ever-shortening times.
In the past month, Tesla opened new charging stations in Corning (California), Mount Shasta (California), and Grants Pass (Oregon), completing the West Coast network that now allows people to drive the Tesla Model S from San Diego, California, all the way up to Vancouver in Canada. In opening up the 1,400 mile trip to Tesla owners, the company increased its total number of Supercharger stations in the U.S. to 31.
This West Coast corridor marks the first milestone of the ambitious Supercharger network, which will eventually allow Tesla drivers to travel all over the U.S. and Canada. The Supercharger stations provide far more power to the Models S’s battery, allowing it to charge much faster than would be the case of just plugging it into a normal domestic socket or using the standard Tesla chargers. Drivers on the open road can now pull into a station and in as little as 20 minutes charge their Tesla halfway, enough to travel for three hours.
In the future, CEO Elon Musk hopes to improve the charging capabilities of the stations to allow a Model S to reach full charge in just 10 minutes. Already, some stations are prepared for greater demand in the future, now capable of charging eight vehicles at once.
As well as working to improve on the connections between Los Angeles and San Francisco, two major markets for Tesla, Musk has stated that the next stage of the Supercharger network expansion will be to complete an East Coast corridor from Miami, Florida, to Portland, Maine, and also develop a network from Phoenix to Vancouver. The East Coast corridor is predicted to be ready within a few months, and Musk hopes to cover 98 percent of the entire U.S. and Canada by 2015.
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