Ahead of the company's press conference at the Detroit Auto Show tomorrow, Tesla is talking up its Supercharger network with some impressive numbers. Tesla's Alexis Georgeson told AutoblogGreen that Tesla Model S EVs have driven more than eight million miles on Supercharger fill-ups. That's the equivalent of 33-and-a-half trips to the moon and back.

We can see how quickly the free Superchargers are getting popular by comparing this milestone to where we were four short months ago. At the end of September, after the Superchargers had been installed for a year, Tesla drivers had hit 3.2 million miles. The rapid increase since then is due mostly to there simply being a lot more chargers being available now. Tesla representatives told us that there are over 70 Supercharger stations in the world today (58 in North America and 14 in Europe) and that six were installed in the past week. Georgeson didn't have numbers on hand to say which stations were the most popular or other details, but did say that it's safe to assume that the Supercharger in Lusk, WY (pictured), part of a sweeping 'S' shape from Los Angeles through the northern US and on to Chicago and the East Coast, is not the most frequently visited. The next target for expansion is finishing the Boston-to-Miami corridor, which means putting in more Superchargers in North Florida and South Carolina. At CES last week, the Supercharger network won our AOL Technology of the Year award.

*UPDATE: Tesla just let us know that 8 million is a little premature. The current number is actually closer to 7.5 million, but the total should crest the 8-million mark soon.


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      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      They better be installing lots of solar PV to cover the cost of that electricity.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        What's wrong with installing solar PV to generate electricity? Sheesh. Especially since the brag about using solar PV. http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Already paid for by the MS owners... $2,000 per vehicle...
      GoodCheer
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like they're just a couple stations away from finishing a single-path coast-to-coast network. So who's organizing the Model S Cannonball run? ABG? Sounds like a great first foray into promotional events to me.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The continuing roll out of the super charger network by Tesla is a remarkable achievement. Tesla continue to re-define conventional wisdom. Well done Tesla.
      evdocmaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      The solar or geothermal etc does not have to be at the Supercharger site though they should put up a sign explaining where either the power source or offset is and what it is. The renewable offset can be placed anywhere even in another State. As long as the annual amount of energy made and used is a good match that is all that counts.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe that there is a guy ( I can't, WON'T call him a pro) on Seeking Alpha who insists that Tesla are having to buy all of the kWh's and that they are losing money each time the superchargers are used. How can such people get published?' ' I'm excited by the numbers. I still want Tesla and Ford to make ModelF-150's (?) together. I see a lot of pickup owning contractors who drive past superchargers all the time wanting free fuel and not having range issues desperate for a really good Tesla powered truck. Tesla sells 50k a year of them, if they are F-150's. Just a Tesla truck? I am skeptical. And I am a huge Tesla supporter and fan. Building a great truck isn't as easy as building great sedans. The workload is incredible. The new F-150 is a perfect fit. Just add 700 lb of battery, swap engine/fuel tank for drive motor(s) and freak everyone out. They'd move gobs of 'em, all they could build. Tesla needs sales and recognition and Ford needs fuel economy benefits. The empty truck would ride better. The single gear is great for crawling since there is no lack of torque even momentarily. Am I missing something or is this not a smart idea?
      • 1 Year Ago
      You may have been a little over enthusiastic with the number of miles supercharged, however if we are updating the article for accuracy a further three superchargers opened in the US since you wrote this article taking the total to 61 . Here is the best map of current and known superchargers under construction. http://www.teslawiki.net/supercharger/
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't wait for my model S to be delivered next month... Atlanta is going to be without supercharger access until late in 2014, but I think it will be worth the wait....
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        Thanks.... I ordered a blue 85kwhr Model S with panoramic roof, air ride, tech package, grey leather and parking sensors.... I do not get the performance model...
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        Congratulations! Please pass on the details of your configuration.
        GoodCheer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        If you're with Georgia Power be sure to sign up for this, basically free charging every night: http://www.georgiapower.com/pricing/files/rates-and-schedules/2.30_tou-pev-3.pdf
      floorman56
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait.... the ones in South Dakota are on line? ...We NEVER get stuff first
        otiswild
        • 1 Year Ago
        @floorman56
        Not to be a dick, but there's probably more charging stalls in SD than there are Model S' :)
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are going to add them....be patient...
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was part of the smart meter test program. As a result, I get 0.09 per Kwhr for the next couple of years....
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pay attention Big Oil the future is knocking on your door!!!
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to Tesla's Supercharger map, by 2015 my home state of Wisconsin(ranked 20th in population) will have 9 Superchargers - as many as Florida. Also in march of 2015 the lease on my Nissan Leaf will be up... I hereby pledge to buy a Model S in 2015 if Tesla add a heated steering wheel. I heard that this feature is the only thing keeping the Model S from getting a perfect 100 rating from Consumer Reports.
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        The guys at consumer report said it was still the limited Range of the Model S vs an ICE that cost it the one point, but a heated wheel would be nice...
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jeff
          They also had some issues with the air conditioning not being powerful enough, and the panoramic roof not having any sort of shade. Then there was the issue of range: "Despite a cruising range that’s close to a gas-powered car, which is one of the Tesla’s major drawing cards, we’ve been a little disappointed with our top-spec 85 kWh version. The company initially bragged that the Tesla had a 300-mile range, but it turned out that it wasn’t what you could expect every day. When charged normally, as opposed to the “max range,” which the maker advices against doing too frequently, the most we get is about 225 miles. That’s still a lot (relatively)—much more than any other EVs get—but it’s even less than the 245 miles the EPA calculated."
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