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How much do Tesla Model S owners like driving for free? A lot, apparently. Since unveiling the Tesla-only fast charging system almost exactly a year ago, over three million miles have been put on Tesla EVs thanks to Supercharging. Tesla announced today that, "More than 3.2 million miles have been charged at Tesla Superchargers, offsetting about 130,500 gallons of gas." At today's average gas price of $3.472 a gallon, that's $453,096. Or, as David Sohl said on Twitter, that's roughly the equivalent of Tesla Motors giving away five free cars.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised that the sometimes-solar-powered Superchargers will be free forever. To get more people to know about this growing network, Musk will be adding a few thousand miles to that overall total when he makes a crosscountry road trip with his five kids in a Model S later this year. The route is mapped out and the charging stops are planned, so keep an eye out for the Musk brood at a Supercharging station near you.


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      • 1 Year Ago
      This means that for the 10000 Teslas sold this year (and some more last year), they each drove on average 320 miles. So they each went to a SuperCharger twice (on average). Does not seem like that much...
        Bradford
        • 1 Year Ago
        You really aren't supposed to use the Supercharger *that* often. It's supposed to be an occasional thing, mostly when taking road trips. From what I understand, using the Supercharger frequently isn't great for your battery.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        Considering that that 10,000 Tesla's number includes cars sold as recently as June, and the number of superchargers that have been just recently completed this summer, not every buyer has really had a chance to use a SuperCharger that often.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should make Wi-Fi spots, add vending, or maybe a club lounge for the owners. Make them feel even more exclusive.
        LynxFX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        That goes against Musk's vision. Tesla isn't meant to be exclusive and if sales are an indication, it isn't. Once the lower cost Model E comes out, production and sales will be even higher and these supercharging stations will be quite popular and busy.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      when there won't be any need for wars sbout oil perhaps it will be the one for peace ;)
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      That picture, there's like a big metal pole with Tesla's logo, it looks like a penis
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      I live in the South... unfortunately likely to be the last area in the USA to get some supercharging stations
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why I called the supercharger network a "value added" project. Currently, no one is buying a Tesla just for supercharger access. But when EV's become a more common purchase many people will go with Tesla just because it will have the ubiquitous supercharger network. It can't be overstated how valuable a brand the Tesla stations will become. I believe it will be thought of as somewhat separate from the cars themselves and the manufacturing of them. *They provide FREEDOM in the greatest possible meaning of the word.* Free fuel, all along the routes you may travel, no matter where in the country you want to go. Now the big question is whether other makers will be smart and license the tech or if they will continue in the (so far) rather pathetic competition between the "standards" we have now. Just imagine the effect of seeing Tesla stations everywhere with Tesla's looking 1000x better than every other EV that parks next to them. What a "billboard" right?! Tesla will soon be the definition of kick a$$ electric cars in the way that tablets are called "iPads". Who wants to hear, "Is your new EV a Tesla so you can road-trip for free?! Oh, it's not, too bad."
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      C'mon . . . that monolith is pretty phallic.
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        People see what they want to see... not that there's anything wrong with that. :-O It would be interesting to see what Supercharger customers primary charging method was (solar, wind, micro-hydro, etc.), since Supercharging is for occasional use.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if the supercharger stations can be scaled to charge more cars....if in 5 years there are 50.000 Teslas on the road, it could lead to waiting lines.
      T.rack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whatever your take on electric cars maybe, I applaud the guy for doing something...something different...initiating a real change & having the strength to really put your money where your mouth is and try this different direction...because the direction we have been going has been biting back...but turning a big entrenched ship is really tough...hope it works for Tesla as they are getting attacked from many fronts
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fact remains most electricity comes from fosil fuel power plants... PERIOD!! The "I'm GREEN" thing makes me puke... it's total hype & a great example of the buying public being duped. Spend some time talking to a guy who works in the electric power industry & enlighten yourself!
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        You live in the wrong part of the country, PERIOD. There are many people driving their cars from purely solar power, 100% of the time. How much greener can you get? Keep driving your 25% efficient car that spews 75% of its fuel into the air while the oil companies thank you for ruining the environment.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 1 Year Ago
        Maybe you should look at alternative power production sources. Here in Ontario, Canada, most of our energy comes from Hydro and Nuclear. Besides, the energy consumed by an electric car is still less than a traditional ICE engine. Also, each and every single Supercharger is solely solar powered. Your argument is irrelevant here.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wtrmlnjuc
          LTAW is correct. Tesla and Solar City will be adding the solar panels in the future. For now let's be happy they're getting them out there to be used.
          raktmn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wtrmlnjuc
          I don't know about every supercharger station, but I've already seen pictures of the solar panels at sites already built. The Milford station is the first to come to mind. They used the overhead roof for the gas pumps to hold their solar panels. It was effing brilliant. I've also seen multiple times that the plan is for the supercharger network to actually provide more electricity into the grid than it takes out. Net-zero electricity is very green -- sorry Ron A(hole) Smith.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wtrmlnjuc
          "Also, each and every single Supercharger is solely solar powered. " Almost none of the Superchargers are actually solar powered. They are all grid-tied, and dependent on grid power for charging.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        Look in the mirror. Because electricity is getting more clean daily and has the ability to be 100% clean. Burning fossil fuel is never clean. Ever. So why are you fighting for sticking with burning fossil fuels? What are you gaining from that? It sounds like you are trying to feel superior over those that are buying electric cars. Tesla is correct that they have offset the burning of gasoline and diesel. Did every bit of their electricity come from 100% clean sources? Not yet. Is it significantly cleaner than burning 130K gallons of gasoline? Of course. Is it significantly cleaner than refining, pumping, and moving 130K gallons of fuel? Of course. These people buying these cars have not saved the world but they have made a difference. Have you? It seems like you're spending a lot of time being outraged and not enough time doing something positive yourself. Change happens with small steps. A few million EV's on the road will make an even bigger difference. That will hopefully lead to tens of million EV's on the road combined with a very clean grid and we have really done something. Good luck, Ron.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          Yeah, what is with the hatred and anger? I don't get it. Oooh I hate those people and their "green energy" . . . oooh . . . those jerks! Makes me want to puke! Uh . . . why? What is it to you? Does it suck so bad to have cleaner air?
        Technoir
        • 1 Year Ago
        Ron In my area its 80% hydro electric and 20% nuclear. Turn off FoxNews, stop hating and be thankful for cleaner air.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Year Ago
        I am THRILLED that good people make undeserving, dirty oil-loving piles of %&@+ like you nauseous. I bet a lot of you being sick is due to the kind of person you are and the fact that you force feed yourself lies from evil pig monsters that are simply using you. THAT makes me laugh and LAUGH !!! PERIOD !! You aren't superior to EV buyers, just poorer and dumber and dirtier. Yuck!
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        Puke away Ron. It's your shoes that suffer.
        Koenigsegg
        • 1 Year Ago
        you dont know what your talking about
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        "The "I'm GREEN" thing makes me puke... it's total hype & a great example of the buying public being duped." What? Are you telling me the solar panels I installed on my roof are fake? My meter is magically spinning backwards because of . . . how exactly?
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Here . . . see for yourself: https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/pv/public_systems/cJJW236576
        johnnythemoney
        • 1 Year Ago
        ICE efficiency: 25% (diesels, or lower) Energy plant running on fossil fuel: 40% (older and smaller plants), 60% (top class plants) You still polluted about half than running ICEs
      usa1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Props for Telsa to find a way to make a headline out of non-news. Good job.
      Flat6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I the only one getting tired of all this "fuzzy" math Tesla is constantly using in press releases and promo material? Just like their lease prices they were advertising a while back that no one could ever actually get because there was 3 pages of fine print and requirements.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Flat6
        Yeah, this is not really fuzzy. The amount of electricity dispensed from their chargers is metered and easily convertible into an approximate number of miles or gallons of gasoline equivalent.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Flat6
        ?? What's so fuzzy about this? And what legal financial document doesn't have 3 pages of fine print nowadays?
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