Tesla Motors Launches Revolutionary Supercharger

Drive the electric car anywhere in the US on pure sunlight for free

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) 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.

Each solar power system is designed to generate more energy from the sun over the course of a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger. This results in a slight net positive transfer of sunlight generated power back to the electricity grid. In addition to lowering the cost of electricity, this addresses a commonly held misunderstanding that charging an electric car simply pushes carbon emissions to the power plant. The Supercharger system will always generate more power from sunlight than Model S customers use for driving. By adding even a small solar system at their home, electric car owners can extend this same principle to local city driving too.

The six California locations unveiled today are just the beginning. By next year, we plan to install Superchargers in high traffic corridors across the continental United States, enabling fast, purely electric travel from Vancouver to San Diego, Miami to Montreal and Los Angeles to New York. Tesla will also begin installing Superchargers in Europe and Asia in the second half of 2013.

The Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing almost 100 kilowatts of power to the Model S, with the potential to go as high as 120 kilowatts in the future. This can replenish three hours of driving at 60 mph in about half an hour, which is the convenience inflection point for travelers at a highway rest stop. Most people who begin a road trip at 9am would normally stop by noon to have lunch, refresh and pick up a coffee or soda for the road, all of which takes about 30 minutes.

“Tesla’s Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, providing long distance travel that has a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes. However, by making electric long distance travel at no cost, an impossibility for gasoline cars, Tesla is demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. “We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight.”


A step in the right direction... one that should have been made 16 years ago (at the very least).

This sounds incredible! However, what about the production of its' materials? I have heard that metals involved with solar energy are quickly depleting, which would mean the car itself is not as accessible as the energy it produces.

It will be a problem unless they start to (finally) recycle all those landfills like crazy to get the existing materials.

But, I'd rather they focus on using more advanced synthetic materials which can be produced in abundance (also from the landfills - no extraction of new resources from the Earth - seeing how its unnecessary).
The technology has been here for a very long time, its just 'expensive' (from a monetary point of view).

But given the socio-economic system we live in, the artificially induced shortage of materials (probably using the excuse that they are being depleted - with 0 regard for recycling options) will probably provide necessary leverage to increase the price of this vehicle.

Oh and, 500 miles range EV's were worked on in the 90-ies through usage of lithium-ion batteries.

The project was indefinitely suspended though because efficiency was high, cost was low along with the weight of the vehicle (current batteries weighing quite a lot by comparison).

Sigh... this is outdated technology.

But that's to be expected from Capitalism.

Why do people like you always focus on the problems we face but never come up with usefull solutions to the problems you describe?

Is it because you have nothing usefull to say or is it that you lack the knowledge and imagination to be inovative?

Just curious..

Useful solutions?
You mean such as proposing harvesting everything on the landfills, breaking it down into base elements and reconstitute it into something else... such as superior synthetic materials and alternative energy sources using less matter and energy along the way?
A method of recycling that was perfected in the late 19th century and completely negated the so-called 'need' to extract new resources from the ground?

As for actually inventing something... I personally lack the necessary knowledge to invent such a thing and don't have the resources to do it.
I'm in no position of power and don't have the engineering background to allow me to make such a device in my own house.

I may understand the base underlying process, and what can be done, but there's a difference between having the ability to come up with a possible solution (which I did) and having the ability to make it happen in practice.

Furthermore, my focus is on educating others into our technological capabilities and solutions that could be achieved because if we expect to transition to RBE at all, it starts with education.

well thank you for the education. and i believe the comment prior was a bit self defeating seeing as that it made claim to something in which it was doing...just sayin

It is still updating. day by day transportation technologies are advancing fast. I want to collect this car.where I can view more about this?