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(Tesla Motors) today unveiled its highly anticipated Supercharger network. Constructed in secret, Tesla revealed the locations of the first six Supercharger stations, which 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 owners1 free long distance travel indefinitely.
Originally posted by Svipdagr
reply to post by Monts
possibly. they are headed towards a good direction. but how long/far can it go? how fast will it take to charge? also another main point is the cost? solar cells are quite expensive especially with higher quality and better ones. Ford revolutionized the car industry by keeping it cheap so everyone could buy one. Will this company be able to do the same? or will it be something more of high end ferrari type dealership.
Originally posted by Monts
According to the article, you can drive 60mph for 3 hours on one charge (and it takes 30 minutes of plug-in-time for a full charge). Some charging stations have already been built in California, and the company have long term plans to go global eventually. It also creates more electricity than is needed for the cars, so it will actually send power back to the grid.
It is also stated that because of this output, the energy will be free.
Here is the official announcement page:
The official price so far for the only standard Tesla car is $57 000
So it is definitely more of a luxury car at this point- but with free charging, it definitely makes the car a worthy long-term investment.