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Tesla reveals location of Supercharger stations for Model S EV

27 Sep 2012

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Tesla Motors has announced its Supercharger network for the Model S electric vehicle. The company revealed the locations of the first six Supercharger stations that according to the company will allow the Model S to travel long distances with ultra-fast charging throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona.

The technology at the heart of the Supercharger was developed internally and leverages the economies of scale of existing charging technology already used by the Model S, enabling Tesla to create the Supercharger device at minimal cost. The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation. Combining these two factors, Tesla is able to provide Model S owners free long distance travel indefinitely.

Each solar power system is designed to generate more energy from the sun over the course of a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger. This results in a slight net positive transfer of sunlight generated power back to the electricity grid. In addition to lowering the cost of electricity, this addresses a commonly held misunderstanding that charging an electric car simply pushes carbon emissions to the power plant. The Supercharger system will always generate more power from sunlight than Model S customers use for driving. By adding even a small solar system at their home, electric car owners can extend this same principle to local city driving too.

The Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing almost 100kW to the Model S, with the potential to go as high as 120kW in the future, said the company. This can replenish three hours of driving at 60mph in about half an hour, which is the convenience inflection point for travelers at a highway rest stop.




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