Red Wing and Blackhawk fans who happen to be Tesla Model S drivers can now unite, party on and maybe even slug it out at Michigan's first charging station in Tesla Motors' Supercharger network. Tesla will open a Supercharger in St. Joseph, MI, which is about 190 miles west of Detroit and about 100 miles east (in a lakeside-loopy way) of Chicago. Tesla has two more Superchargers planned for Michigan.

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.
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Tesla Motors Brings First Tesla Supercharger to Michigan, Enables Free Long-Distance Travel between Detroit, Lake Michigan, and Chicago for Model S Owners.

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

About Supercharger

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.

More on Tesla

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.


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      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla has assaulted the citadel of old domestic auto empire, Michigan. The old auto generals, calcified in their articulation and frozen in dogma of the past are bewildered as the new competitor from the West storms their gateway. The once unholy alliance between them and Big Government is no longer available as their Savior, today. The changing of the Old Guard has begun. For decades they had ponder the meaning of stars for market leadership; peered into tea leaves for technology guidance; and gazed at their own navel for design wisdom. As the old generals survey the unfamiliar battlefield about to be waged in their own backyard, there's a sense of failure and defeat. Already the gathering gloom of the shaken troopers and the terrifying prospect of losing the final battle have began in sink into their consciousness.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Musk runs 3 companies. One which receives $7.5K in federal subsidies per vehicle sold. One which makes its money off government contracts and is angling to launch spy satellites. And one which installs solar panels, which are massively subsidized at all levels. If being in tight with the government is old guard, Musk is the old guard too. All his 3 current companies are on the government teat.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          While true, he's also created companies that are doing things that the government wants to see done. The government wants to reduce dependence on oil, switch over to alternative forms of energy, and they definitely need stuff to get up into orbit. But absolutely true that each of those are supported by the government. I think the old guard means that the older companies have gotten a little fat and happy. Elon's companies need a few more years to develop their complacency. For now they are all forging new territory or trying to refreshing old territory.
          jeff
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          Yea, the Big three have never taken a government hand out....
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          refresh, not refreshing.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone know how to find out which Superchargers are 120kW (or 135kW) all the time and which used shared power and slow down when more cars show up? Tesla doesn't mark them.
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        You can call and ask. They will tell you...
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        I think the oldest are 90 kWh and the only 135 kWh Superchargers are in Europe, but honestly I'm just guessing.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      If there is one thing that could make Tesla the leader in the Automotive world it is the idea of the Supercharger Network. They could easily be self funding with Solar Generation and Battery storage and retail opportunities. I suspect that as the number for people who want to use these charger increases, the retailers are going to beg (and most likely pay) to get a station near their stores. I mean right now you get people who can afford a $70,000+ car near your store with plenty of time to shop.... Talk about target marketing...It does not get better than that... Keep in mind that gas station make more money selling big gulps than they do selling gas...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to see more Tesla catching fire? then lawsuit? recall and Chapter 7 filing, followed by Elon's divorce, his personal bankruptcy filing!
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        Go away troll. Please try harder to be a better human being.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, but some of the 120kWh (and higher) units give 120kWh if you are the only one charging and 60kWh if someone pulls up next to you and charges at the same time. Tesla doesn't say which ones are which. I wondered if anyone had a map of which is which. See this link: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/their-list-what-power-available-superchargers
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ Holden Caulfield ... Your narritives are more telling about you; why do you bother. We know you have no business and can't do better, ( and are too poor to own a Tesla Vehicle.) so turn your critical eye to the mirror and you'll have done something. When you realize that your only legacy will be negativity on a blog that has no integrity: do the right thing. People should read your posts aloud at your funeral, so they know the world is better off without you and all your copies here. * Darth Sidious jpg. *
        sirvixisvexed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluepongo1
        Dafuq?
          bluepongo1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          I was going to post the original rant on a Paul Walker thread but I knew the reference would be lost on them. Here it was for C_T_h 's post ; google: Holden Caulfied if you don't understand the troll archtype I was referring to.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluepongo1
        "( and are too poor to own a Tesla Vehicle.)" Please don't drag the majority of the auto-buying public into this...
          bluepongo1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Tesla didn't steal their crappy "jerbs". :-P
      Smoking_dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      tesla is really on fire. No other carmaker was bold enough to install such a great and fast charging option. they were busy making h2s or making press releases that the technology is not ready. Also far more imporant for tesla, they opened the first two stations in the netherlands. the german stations are almose online this is no hot air, but really there. A german magazine already wrote a wake up call to zetsche, winterkorn & co.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...some of the 120kWh (and higher) units give 120kWh..." Seriously? Shame for making such a glaring mistake.
      Tysto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Superchargers recently went live near the city where I'm working and the city where I live. I even passed a Model S on the way to the airport yesterday. Combined with the level 2 chargers I'm seeing more of, no longer does it seem like EVs are an exclusive club or that Teslas are just for people on the West Coast. Very exciting.
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