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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 06-01-2013, 09:45 AM   #31
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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.
The batteries weigh over 1000lbs, so that would be quite a feat....
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:55 AM   #32
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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.
Maybe you should invest in the restaurant chain that will crop up adjacent to the charging stations...
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:32 AM   #33
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:37 AM   #34
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:39 AM   #35
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ATMS were going to be free, too, because they were going to be saving banks money. People now paying $2 and more for ATM transactions likely had a different version of "free" in mind.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #36
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #37
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:42 AM   #38
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ATMS were going to be free, too, because they were going to be saving banks money. People now paying $2 and more for ATM transactions likely had a different version of "free" in mind.
True, but I was also wondering why a company would give away free energy.


Out of the kindness of their hearts?
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:43 AM   #40
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Pardon? I would think that should be a rather pertinent question. The vast majority of the electricity we consume isn't generated by hamster wheels and pixie dust.
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True, but I was also wondering why a company would give away free energy.


Out of the kindness of their hearts?
well ... i assume that the free recharge would be more than made up for by a ton of people buying Tesla cars.

Then over time, if becomes the norm, the charging would start to cost
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Pardon? I would think that should be a rather pertinent question. The vast majority of the electricity we consume isn't generated by hamster wheels and pixie dust.
oh bullshit ... this is just you trying to turn this into another thread about oil. Nothing more.

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well ... i assume that the free recharge would be more than made up for by a ton of people buying Tesla cars.

Then over time, if becomes the norm, the charging would start to cost
Got to read the fine print, I guess...

How much does it cost to use the Supercharger?

Supercharging is free for the life of Model S, once the Supercharger option is enabled.
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oh bullshit ... this is just you trying to turn this into another thread about oil. Nothing more.

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Not at all. I love electric vehicles. But, I also realize that very few people realize that we don't exactly have a massive surplus of electrical generation in this country.
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