Tesla announces huge expansion of Supercharger network, upgrade to cut charging time in half

Tesla Supercharger network
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"Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight. Anywhere."

One thing that's been consistent with Tesla is that they keep improving their offerings over time. The Supercharger network was already a great deal ("Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight."), but they're making it even better by rolling out new stations very quickly so that Tesla owners will soon be able to drive cross-country using only Supercharger stations if they want to (see roll out maps below).

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The Supercharger technology hasn't even been out in most places yet, and they've already improved it so that it can charge a Model S at 120 kW, cutting in half the already quick charging time (this tech is in beta mode now, but it'll be rolled out this summer). This mean that you'll be able to put enough energy in the battery for 3 hours of driving in 20 minutes!

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The plan is to have "triple the number of Tesla Supercharger stations by the end of next month", including additional stations in California, coverage of the northwest region from Vancouver to Seattle to Portland, Austin to Dallas in Texas, Illinois and Colorado.

There will also be four additional eastern seaboard stations, expanding the density of the network to provide for more convenient stopping points.

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Tesla writes: "Within six months the Tesla Supercharger network 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. It will also be possible to travel diagonally across the country from Los Angeles to New York using only the Tesla Supercharger network."

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Tesla writes: "A year from now, the Tesla Supercharger network will stretch across the continent, covering almost the entire population of the US and Canada. The expansion of the network will mean that Model S drivers can take the ultimate road trip -- whether that’s LA to New York, Vancouver to San Diego, or Montreal to Miami – without spending a cent on fuel."

This means that the motto will soon be: "Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight. Anywhere."

Here's a video of Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, explaining it all:

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See also: Hour-long interview with Elon Musk at D11 Conference (Video)

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