EV industry leader Tesla rolls out the latest in EV charging infrastructure: the Tesla Supercharger Stations. Supercharger stations dramatically cut EV charging time thanks to its advanced technology and specialized facilities. And it’s free – permanently.
Supercharger stations are strategically located in major cities and states in the US and Europe. Tesla revealed that it plans to deploy more Superchargers in metropolitan areas in the next few years. By 2015 or earlier, the company hopes to install sufficient EV infrastructure to enable Model S drivers to accomplish longer travel such as coast-to-coast trips. Check the latest Supercharger stations update on the Tesla Highway map.
Model S cars need 85 kWh batteries to access Supercharger stations. 60 kWh models can be upgraded for $2,000 to $2,500 upcharge fees. Use of the Supercharge facilities is declared permanently free for customers, however.
Supercharger stations provide high-speed charging for Tesla Model S cars equipped with 85 kWh batteries. Using specialized cables that deliver DC power directly to the car battery, Superchargers are able to give 80% charge in 40 minutes and 100% charge in 75 minutes. An average 30-minute charge from a 30A 7kW public charging station gives a 10-mile range. But within the same time frame the 120kW Supercharger easily delivers a charge 20 times more, translating to a 200 mile range for the Model S.
Several Supercharger stations are fitted with solar panels to offset energy use as well as provide shade for charging Model S customers. Each station can accommodate 4 to 10 units based on the number of its charging stalls. Tesla has announced plans to develop next-generation Superchargers capable of giving a 50% charge in about 20 minutes or 33% faster than the company’s current model.
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