Tesla Motors To Triple Its Electric Car Supercharger Network By The End Of 2013

CEO Elon Musk says the expanding network of Superchargers that power the company's electric cars will enable Model S drivers to get from L.A. to New York.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has announced the company will triple its Supercharger network of chargers that power its flagship Model S sedan electric cars in the United States and Canada by the end of 2013.

The company's nine existing Superchargers, which are free to use and are designed to deliver a half-charge to its Model S electric car in 30 minutes, are currently stationed along routes in California and between Boston and Washington, D.C.

Tesla had previously announced its plan to expand the Supercharger network to include more than 100 stations by 2015. This pending expansion will put Tesla on its way toward meeting that goal.

In addition to the Supercharger expansion, Musk says a new addition to the Model S's in-vehicle maps feature will live-update your driving route to include charging stations on your path.

"The challenge is to convince [skeptics] it should be more than a niche product," Musk said at AllThingsD's D conference Wednesday night.

The Superchargers are Tesla's attempt to answer one of the questions often brought up in the discussion about electric cars: What happens if they run out of power?

It's exactly the question New York Times reporter John Broder faced during a Model S test drive in February that resulted in a negative article in which Broder claimed his car ran out of energy while he was on a highway. Musk responded with a blog post containing partial vehicle logs that he said contradicted Broder's claim. At the time, Musk also accused Broder of intentionally driving in circles to drain the car's battery.

Musk also hinted at the possibility of a $30,000 version of the Model S hitting the market in three to four years.

[Image courtesy of Tesla Motors]

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  • Albystp

    .. and one was to correct myself .. o.O 
    we need to share good info.. more and more ! 

  • Albystp

    what about the possibilities to transfer energy wireless..?  there are documents saying that Nikola Tesla, the smart guy you are taking the name from, were able to do it.. 100 years ago .. o.O

  • BigJohnson

    30 minutes to get a half-tank of fuel? Who would drive this way? If I have to wait in line to just get to an open gas pump I am annoyed. If you get to one of these super-recharge stations and all the chargers are in-use, you're talking about maybe an hour (or more) waiting time to get 120 miles in the tank. That is just not even remotely acceptable even to Tesla sycophants.

    The battery and recharge technology is just not even close to what is needed for a viable mass market car. Not even within an order of magnitude. With a gas or diesel car I can put 400-600 miles in the tank in 2 minutes and be on my way. If I need to get food on a long trip, I do a drive-thru and the family is back on the road with gas and food in under 10 minutes. That is why service stations have convenience stores, and highway exits are packed with multiple gas stations and a bajillion fast-food drive-thrus. This is the way the vast majority of people live - where time is of the essence and you want to get where you are going ASAP.

    Stopping every hour and forty-five minutes for a 30 minute charge is not even close to acceptable. Whomever is doing the marketing research for Tesla must have come from Segway, Kosmo, or Pets.com.

  • Teatime11

    Rome wasn't built in a day. Tesla have delivered a first class product that out competes with nearly all the aspects of the comparative existing ICE (internal combustion engine) cars. The range issue (or non issue) will be solved in time. The fast chargers are a step in the right direction. When the battery capacity issue is solved watch the electric car industry explode. List the aspects of electric cars against ICE cars and nearly all points will favor electric. Cost to run, noise, car services... it goes on and on. In fact the biggest problem facing the car companies when the battery issue is solved will be turn over; electric cars will probably run for 500,000 miles plus.
    The issue with the dealers pressing the capture of sales of all cars everywhere has more to do with the secondary market (car services and repairs). It's this aspect that earn them more money than any other part of their businesses. Very few moving parts i the electric car world and very few services.