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Old 05-31-2013, 07:42 PM  
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Tesla to blanket the US with supercharging stations in 2 years

http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla...pansion-2013-5



Tesla drivers will be able to drive from Los Angeles to New York using the electric car company's Supercharger network by the end of this year, CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday night at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital Conference.

The network, which currently consists of only nine active stations, seven of which are in California, was already set to increase to 100 stations by 2015.

Instead, Tesla is planning "a dramatic acceleration of the Supercharging network," Musk said at the conference. "It'll be tripled. We'll put the map live tomorrow."

As the network expands, software in the Tesla cars automatically updates, so drivers will be routed to nearby Superchargers when necessary.

That expansion will be a tremendous boon for drivers, as the biggest problem for electric vehicles is the lack of cheap, powerful battery technology. That shortcoming keeps ranges limited, charge times long, and prices high.

Musk acknowledged the power of range anxiety in making potential customers wary of battery-powered electric cars, saying, "when people buy a car they're buying a sense of freedom that they can go wherever they want and not feel fettered."

At Superchargers, Tesla owners can charge their car batteries halfway in 30 minutes, for free. If the network really expands at the rate and density Musk promises, it will be a tremendous advantage for his customers.




Map of where supercharging stations will be located:

http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:35 PM   #16
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Elon Musk is a badass that I hope to one day meet.

The founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

He is a B.A.D.A.S.S.

Great vid. Great ****ing vid.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:54 PM   #17
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Great vid. Great ****ing vid.
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:17 AM   #18
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:44 AM   #19
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It's amazing to me that Tesla has batteries capable of that range, yet GM can't figure out how to go more than 50 miles on a full charge.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:57 AM   #20
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Smartest thing they could do is to partner with a major gas station chain as the foundation is already built and all they would need to do is to outfit the existing stations with chargers.
yep

it will get the oil companies involved and part of the process instead of against it too
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:45 AM   #21
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It appears 30min on a supercharger gets you 200 miles but only 10-15 on regular chargers.

http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:22 AM   #22
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Great vid. Great ****ing vid.
I love technology. Elon Musk is a genius.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:26 AM   #23
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So is Tesla poised to explode onto the market as a major player, or are they poised for a spectacular and highly visible collapse?

And who's the money behind Tesla? How did they get started?
This reminds me of the Iridium satellite constellation. Revolutionary service heavily invested in that would bankrupt the original company and allow a secondary funder to turn a profit by buying the assets at a minimum investment. Iridium had to pay to launch 66 satellites just to reach IOC. They couldn't sell satellite based global phone service to many at $10/min so the Air Force paid something obscene like 7 cents on the dollar and still milks the system a decade later.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:28 AM   #24
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Can you imagine the inconvenience of being third in line for a "pump" on a sunny Saturday?
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:14 AM   #25
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Can you imagine the inconvenience of being third in line for a "pump" on a sunny Saturday?
I can't even imagine the inconvenience of being 1st in line for the "pump". 30 min pitstops to get half a "tank" is not something I'm even remotely interested in.

An electric car for local driving that could be charged over-night could have some appeal, but this network of supercharging stations does nothing for me.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:17 AM   #26
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What they need to do instead, at least until they get the charging time down to 5 minutes or so, is have swapable batteries where you pull in and exchange your rundown battery for a fully charged one.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:19 AM   #27
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That was pretty damned cool. Batteries that you could throw in your compost bin when you are done....wow. If we can manage to survive long enough as a species there are some pretty amazing things coming down the pike.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:20 AM   #28
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Elon Musk is an American hero.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:01 AM   #29
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Cool car. As for the man, the government is subsidizing his every move. I don't fault him for working every angle available, but I'm not going to buy into the hero bullshit.

EDIT: Yet. I'll give him the benefit if a "yet."
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #30
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I've seen at least 20 Teslas in the last 3-4 months around the Northern VA, Southern MD, DC area. They are beautiful cars.

If they can finally make a battery and charger that gives you 150-200 miles range in 5-7 minutes on the charger, then it's game over for gas.

I would buy one in a heartbeat
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