The argument can now be made that Tesla Motors has come up with a sleeker alternative to the Amtrak lines that run along the Eastern Seaboard. The California-based electric vehicle company has installed the first East Coast fast-charging stations, allowing Model S owners to make the 450-mile trek between Boston and Washington DC without worrying about having sufficient juice.

Last week, Tesla added two fast-charging stations: one in Wilmington, DE, which is about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia, and the other in Milford, CT, which is slightly southwest of the halfway point between New York City and Boston, the New York Times reports. Both 480-volt stations are at rest stops along I-95.

Granted, only Tesla Model S owners will be able to celebrate, as the stations are built specifically for those vehicles and can't be used for, say, a Nissan Leaf or even a Tesla Roadster. That said, the stations can add 150 miles or range, or more than half the 265-mile single-charge range of a Model S with an 85-kw battery pack, in about 30 minutes. That's just enough time to knock down a waffle sundae from Friendly's, actually.

In October, Tesla had its official "Supercharging Day," in which the company opened its first six fast chargers in the Western US. The complete package stations come with solar panels to power the cars, and cost around $250,000 to install. Model S drivers can charge their vehicles for free.


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      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well done Tesla ! Still, with only Tesla model S able to charge at these charging stations, it's hard to see how they will be economic. Then again, if only the model S can charge, there should be no queues ! Even with two stops (265 +150+150= 565 miles) a nine hour journey, only becomes an extra hour longer than gasoline at the maximum. Most people would be glad of the respite. The only snooker would be if for some reason the charging facility was disabled, or overcrowded. But the idea of free charging is appealing, and overcomes any accusations of Tesla creating a charging monopoly. At only $250,000 each station, Tesla are certainly in business in most countries. (it deals one more death blow to the odious Better Place).
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Most of the ones made so far are the non-solar paneled cheaper stations. I'd bet they cost a lot less to make than $250,000. That doesn't bother me either. Saving money to build more cars is a more important focus for now. Later they can retrofit as many solar panels as they want. Stations for use now, solar panels and making it energy zero can be focused on later. This might repeat. The damn comment system ate this response the first time around.
      Ashton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see them continue to expand (like the showed they would with their supercharger network map).
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      And he's back. Thor can be seen on the recent Fisker article that was just cross posted to the regular Autoblog site. His current name is Ladydobermann.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, I got exhausted reading all the comments you dealt with on the latest Fisker thread. I don't know where you get the energy to deal with that level of ignorance. Thanks for the heads up on the new troll name. Thanks for your informative responses and Happy New Year to you especially! @ Grendal
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thor was the name he was using when I first noticed him. He was kicked off within a couple weeks and came back as peter nixon, then later as nobody23753. He's a crazy person that eventually starts to rant and then is kicked off for those rants. He comes back within a day with a new account.
      Thereminator
      • 2 Years Ago
      Correction: The person I new as Thor Petersen(Sp?) is actually listed on Wikipedia as Thor Christensen. I haven't a clue why....as he was known as Petersen(Sp?)to people who knew him is school. Wikipedia has the gruesome details for anyone interested.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dare I ask where the trolls who root for Tesla motors demise are? How do they rationalize all the positive developments lately? Just kidding I don't care!!! Happy New Year/ Seasons Greetings!!!
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bluepongo1
        bluepongo, I actually find myself longing for Tesla Motors' bankruptcy, not because I want them to fail but because the accounting seems to indicate that it is unavoidable and I'd like things to move along to something with a future rather than waste time on something sure to die.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          @Giza I'm sorry but your reasoning doesn't mesh with what is happening. Three or four months ago you'd have a better case for your position when Tesla was only building a car a day and cash was running low. But since then they had a secondary stock offering which got them enough funds to get them past the critical cash phase. Now they are building cars as fast as they can make them. They are getting 70 reservations per day at $5K per reservation. US SSL 249 (January 4, 2012) S 1,353 (October 19, 2012) R 532 (October 30, 2012) P 16,759 (December 26, 2012) Canada SSL 23 (July 18, 2012) S 177 (September 23, 2012) P 602 (December 25, 2012) Europe/Asia S 500 (July 2, 2012) R 269 (November 25, 2012) P 2,073 (December 26, 2012) UK S 20 (October 9, 2012) P 75 (December 21, 2012) Hong Kong S 28 (September 27, 2012) R 2 (July 9, 2011) P 100 (October 30, 2012) Australia S 38 (August 18, 2012) P 48 (December 12, 2012) Gross Total: 22,848 - December 26, 2012 Net Total: 18,822 - December 26, 2012 - From TMC reservation tally. That's $1.5 billion in pending sales. That's not including the $175 million they've taken in this quarter on the 2500 cars they've shipped out. When it comes to money, Tesla is cutting it tight but the only thing holding them back was reaching full production. If they needed more money then they would have asked for more in the secondary offering - they didn't. I doubt this will convince you. Maybe you can post what you've come across that has proven to you that they can't succeed. Because everything I've seen and posted disagrees with your position.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          @Giza And what do you see replacing them? If you have any desire to see EV's succeed then you should be rooting for them with everything you've got. They are a serious underdog in the car making world but what they have achieved is remarkable. There is nothing out there doing anything close to what they are doing and nothing close even on the horizon. The major car manufacturers are only trying EV's in a half-@sssed way with the exception of GM (Volt EREV) and Nissan (city car with limited range). Tesla is the only one building a car that is going head to head with its ICE alternative. I really think you need to examine your motivations. Tesla is doing more to promote EV's than anyone else. So wishing for their demise is really saying you secretly don't want EV's to succeed. And if that is true - it's fine. You are entitled to your beliefs, but be honest with yourself.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Giza Plateau " Fire hoses of cash" ! " I long for their destruction so the disappointment can lead to something more lasting." Your logic gets weirder and weirder, (along with your metaphors! ) . Tesla is now an established EV manufacturer, with advance orders and accompanying infrastructure. Elon Muck has accomplished this astonishing feat spending less cash than than an established OEM normally spends to introduce a new model. If you got your wish, and Tesla was 'destroyed' , how on earth would that help the cause of EV adoption, if the only really viable EV was proved financially disastrous ?
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Marcopolo, because it can be done much better.
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Even if you doubt Tesla's long-term solvency (and there is reason for doubt), you must admit that their expertise will not go to waste. Toyota and Mercedes are surely ready to scoop up Tesla's engineers and scientists for their own electrification programs. Of course, there is no serious future for pure BEVs while battery packs cost ~$500 per kwh. So its no surprise that none of the OEMs have scooped up the entire operation yet.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Grendal, the fact that there is nothing on the horizon but the lame cars of the establishment wont protect Tesla Motors from the bankruptcy of their own making. You confuse my insight with opposition to EVs. I wish more than anyone that EVs will take over asap, I'm simply too aware of the financial situation of Tesla Motors to root for a company that is certain to fail. Their continued existence only siphons whatever green investor good will remains. They exist only as long as ever more money is thrown onto the bonfire. The exact same situation is true for Fisker. Both companies have gone through over 1bn$ with no profitability in sight. The Model S is only remarkable if you don't realize it was compiled with fire hoses of cash. I am not happy about Fisker and Tesla. I am furious with both because of the opportunities they squandered and the hopes they will kill. I long for their destruction so the disappointment can lead to something more lasting. The sooner the better.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          @ Giza Plateau Weird logic ! Tesla has just released the first really competitive EV in nearly 90 years, with advance sales bookings and critical acclaim unimaginable only a few years ago, and you're hoping Tesla Motors will fail ? Well i guess that why Elon Musk is Elon Musk, and you are,...well,...you !
          JP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Giza/Dan is a lunatic, so take that into account.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Grendal, list the last 8 quarters financial results.
          John Hansen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Yeah Giza, I don't buy it. Saying that the situation for Tesla and Fisker is the same is pretty weak. One has cars that get accolades from all major publications and has recently had a positive cash-flow week (granted, it's a good sign, but not proof of anything yet). The other ... hasn't. If you don't want to put your money into Tesla, that's fine, but you're not fooling anybody about your intentions.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          The last eight quarters are meaningless compared to what is happening now. For the last eight quarters they were not building their cars at full production like they are now. Building cars for customers and delivering to them = income.
          ElectricAvenue
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          "Both companies have gone through over 1bn$ with no profitability in sight." So Tesla's incapable of making a profit with a 6 month backlog of orders and the factory running at full production? And what do you base that opinion on? Are you suggesting that they're lying about their costs or... what?
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bluepongo1
        Thor petersen/nobody23753/luigi.toni/peter.nixon is the one of only trolls actively rooting for Tesla's demise and he and most other trolls only posts when the article is cross posted to regular Autoblog. There are a few that are critical of Tesla that post here. They usually bring justification and reasoning for their being critical and that is absolutely fair and not being a troll. Happy New Year to you as well!
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if the Supercharger stations are not compatible with the Plugin Cars that most are in the market for... it actually still serves to increase consumer awareness, and most importantly, confidence that an EV charging infrastructure is being built.
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool stuff. If they add some more to the west cost and I could get from Vancouver to California, I would be all over that. Free road trips? Yeah, I'm ok with that.
        Nick Kordich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        There's already a free Roadster charging network reaching from Canada to Mexico. Tesla started installing Roadster high power connectors (70A) along the North-South route, and when they ran short of money for the project, a couple of owners stepped in to buy and install chargers to cover the gaps. Unfortunately the old chargers and Model S need an adapter to work together. Tesla's been supplying them to Roadster owners, so get yourself a Roadster first, then a Model S, and you'll be all set.
      Thereminator
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've wondered about that name "Thor Peterson" ...if its a real name. If it is,I would advise him to stay away from Solvang California. I knew a Thor Peterson in high school that eventually went on to murder (three?) women and ended up getting stabbed to death in prison. I'm assuming he's from Denmark,ware (Solvang)Thor's family was from.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      The big Phallus is a bit weird.
      Arvind
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent. So Tesla follows through on the technology. I think this is definitely a promising start. Innovation is not always cheap but it's a wonderful thing when great minds come together to create something new. Tesla has been doing a remarkable job of paying attention to the details and addressing the concerns for greater range. Hopefully this will work out long term as they work to increase more stations around the country...except for maybe Seattle ;) Way to go Tesla!
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