One construction company has taken a seven-day process and shrunk it down to about seven minutes in a new video that shows a Tesla Supercharger being built. And the video comes with some cool bluegrass music. Only in the USA.

Electric Conduit Construction took a time-lapse video of its building out a station next to a Holiday Inn Express in Goodland, KA, which is about 200 miles east of Denver, CO on Interstate 70. All the not-so-gory details are there, including the digging up of four-foot-deep trenches, pouring footings, backfilling with gravel and sand, and installing supercharger cabinets and fencing so that no one gets zapped.

Tesla Motors says it has 105 Supercharger stations strung across North America, which is impressive given that its station count was in the single digits as recently as last May. The company has said that there will be enough of such super-fast charging stations to be reachable by 98 percent of the US population via a Tesla Model S (we should all be so lucky to afford one) by next year. The California-automaker estimates that a half-hour plug-in at a Supercharger station can add as many as 170 miles worth of range to a Tesla Model S. See how one gets built in the video below.



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      • 4 Months Ago
      Just an FYI but the abbreviation for Kansas is KS not KA.
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      Dude, at least check on the video before copying someone else's story. Or at least read the comments in that story saying the video is dead. Sheesh.
      purrpullberra
      • 4 Months Ago
      Ding dong, the vid is dead! Wake up! It's dead.
      Ryan
      • 4 Months Ago
      Do they have regular Level 2 EVSE's too? I would think a hotel would rather have someone charge for 5-6 hours than 30-60 minutes.
      purrpullberra
      • 4 Months Ago
      Does anyone work here anymore?
      bluepongo1
      • 4 Months Ago
      Looking at the picture above, it may be more common in the future for some employees to charge for free at work if they live in an apartment. If an employee of the pictured Inn: Shows up early, stays late or charges at lunch... they could make that work for them.
      • 4 Months Ago
      The first tesla the roadster started down the road from me in Norfolk England, as they used the Lotus chassis and parts etc which is just up the road, in fact their is one for sale at www.electriccar2buy.co.uk, anyway things have moved on and the little assembly plant has closed down, but bring on the model 3 and affordable EV love it.
      Jim
      • 4 Months Ago
      I stared at "Goodland, KA" for a few seconds, trying to think if there was a Canadian province I was forgetting.... Kansas is "KS", guys.
      Sid Harden
      • 4 Months Ago
      Why no one mentions the thousands of RV parks that have 50 amp 220 volt outlet stations available at a modest fee is beyond my comprehension.
        Ryan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Sid Harden
        Because you would need to bring your own level 2 EVSE with you?
        Ziv
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Sid Harden
        Tesla might not talk about them (for obvious reasons) but Plugshare has a ton of them on their map.
          Nick Kordich
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Ziv
          I wasn't available to comment at the time Autoblog had the story, but if you remember the guys who took their Model S to the race track, then got stuck because they ran out of juice after hitting severe headwinds, they could have avoided that with a nearby campground. According to Plugshare, they passed a KOA campground with NEMA 14-50 outlets while their car was telling them it had zero miles left and drove five miles further before it finally conked out. I don't know if they didn't check Plugshare or if they had Supercharger tunnelvision, but their getting stuck could have been easily avoided, even if they didn't start looking for a place to charge before the car was already on empty.
        samcrut
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Sid Harden
        50A 220v is Level 2 charging. The Level 3 chargers and Tesla Superchargers are in the ballpark of 10x that bandwidth.
        Jim McL
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Sid Harden
        I have used RV parks to charge, but they are still about 10% of the speed of a super charger. And many RV parks are poorly maintained. Perhaps half can really deliver 50 amps from that NEMA 14-50 outlet, the others have old worn out circuit breakers that have tripped too many times and can barely maintain 30 amps any more. Of course, the ones listed on Plug Share are probably better than those on http://www.woodalls.com/
        Pancakes
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Sid Harden
        Autoblog green is a Tesla fanboy site, they rarely report about non Tesla EV news.
          bluepongo1
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Pancakes
          Yet you never miss a chance to make a negative comment on a Tesla Motors thread... C.an't U.nderstand N.ormal T.hinking
      James
      • 4 Months Ago
      Video fail is fail.
        Nick Kordich
        • 4 Months Ago
        @James
        Stills from the video are available on the Teslarati site: http://www.teslarati.com/video-build-tesla-supercharger-station-construction/ In other news, Tesla just announced that they're extending the battery warranty to the drive unit, as well. It was previously covered by the general vehicle warranty (4yr/50,000mi), and now it's covered by either the 60kWh (8yr/125,000mi) or 85kWh (8yr/unlimited miles) warranty. http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/infinite-mile-warranty
          Ray Blackburn
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Nick Kordich
          Great new Nick, thanks for the info.
          ChrisH
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Nick Kordich
          They had too, the milling problem was gaining traction so Tesla needed to move quickly before it caught up with them
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