Tesla says its Superchargers provide as much as 120 kw of power and can charge up three hours worth of driving into a Tesla's battery in about 20 minutes. The California-based maker of the Model S luxury electric sedan laid out its Supercharger network plan in May, saying at the time that it would triple its count in June to 25 stations nationwide, including those in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, Illinois and Colorado. Tesla said that it would be able to connect most major North American cities via Superchargers by the end of the year. Tesla's Supercharger map shows about 35 chargers, including 19 on the West Coast and about 10 dotted along the Eastern seaboard. There are two in Illinois. Check out Tesla's press release below.
Tesla Motors, the California-based maker of the award-winning Model S electric sedan, is expanding its Supercharger network with the opening of the first Michigan Supercharger station in St. Joseph on Wednesday, December 11th. The Supercharger station is conveniently located at the intersection of I-94 and I-196 to enable free long distance travel for Model S owners. This is the first of three Tesla Supercharger stations slated to open in Michigan. The St. Joseph Supercharger location will support free travel between Detroit, Lake Michigan, and Chicago for Tesla Model S owners.
Superchargers are designed for city to city travel, allowing Tesla Model S electric vehicle drivers to travel for about three hours, take a 20 to 30 minute break, and get back on the road charged up.
A press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the new St. Joseph Supercharger. Dozens of Tesla owners and their cars will be in attendance. Media test drives in Model S will be available by appointment.
What: St. Joseph Tesla Supercharger Ribbon Cutting
When: Wednesday, December 11th at 10 a.m.
Where: St. Joseph Supercharger
3260 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America. The TeslaSupercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of power and replenishing half a charge in twenty minutes.
Supercharger stations are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers so road trippers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they're done.
About Model S
Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the public's expectations of what a premium sedan can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. Model S has received many awards and accolades during its first year on the market, including Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year©, AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2013 Automobile of the Year, the 2013 Yahoo! AUTOS Car of the Year, TIME's Best Invention of the Year 2012 and Consumer's Reports highest score ever given to a car.
With the most energy-dense battery pack in the industry and best-in-class aerodynamics, Model S has a range of 265-miles-the longest range of any production electric vehicle in the world. Tesla's electric motor produces an impressive 443 pound-feet of instant torque, propelling Model S Performance from 0 to 60 in as little as 4.2 seconds. Sitting beneath the floorboard, the revolutionary Tesla powertrain creates a remarkably low center of gravity and delivers a thrilling driving experience. Paired with an aluminum body engineered for superior handling, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world's best sports cars.
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Tesla changed the auto industry in 2008 with the launch of the Tesla Roadster, the world's first highway-capable electric vehicle. Tesla is furthering its mission to drive down the cost of electric vehicles with Model S, the first mass-produced electric premium sedan.