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Today Tesla announced several plans that will see its network of ‘supercharger’ stations expand greatly, and charge its electric cars more quickly than before.
As pronounced before, Tesla intends to triple the number of supercharging stations in the next three months. That alone is a massive improvement of its network. However, the company also has 6 and 12 month plans that it announced today. In a half year, Tesla’s supercharger installations will “connect most of the major metro areas in the US and Canada, including expansion into Arizona, additional stations in Texas, Florida, and the Midwest, stations connecting Ottawa to Montreal, and across North and South Carolina into Georgia.”
At that point, it will be possible to drive from Los Angeles to New York in a Tesla car sans fuel costs.
In a year, Telsa claims that the supercharger system will cover “almost the entire population of the US and Canada.” Put another way, Tesla is working overtime to put into the ground the network that electric cars have always needed to operate; a wide-reaching, convenient system by which its cars can travel wherever, quickly, and without the fear of running out of juice.
Tesla also claims to have bettered the supercharger station technology, reducing the time it takes to charge one of its current Model S cars. The total time required to repower one of its cars will be around half of its earlier figures, inputing three hours of power in around 20 minutes. The new charging technology is in beta, currently, and will only reach consumers this summer.
Here’s how Tesla’s network will look by the end of 2013:
Tesla claims that its supercharger network has powered more than 1 million miles of driving since its debut in late 2012.
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