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Tesla Motors is quietly getting ready for an electric-vehicle charging station that could be considered smarter than the drivers using it. The California-based automaker has applied for a number of patents (details here) in which its super-quick Superchargers would be programmable to better manage what Tesla hopes will be a mass influx of thirsty Model S (and Model X and, potentially, Model E) EVs. This company thinks big.

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Elon Musk says 80 percent of population near a charging site

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced via twitter Sunday that Tesla has expanded its Supercharge network across the county. Owners of the all-electric car are now able to drive from coast to coast without fear of running out of juice.

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It's not like most Tesla Model S owners are hard-pressed for cash, but it's still got to be nice to know they can get across the country in their all-electric luxury hatchbacks for free. Father-daughter team John and Jill (no last names given) just finished what's being called the first coast-to-coast Model S trip powered completely by the company's Supercharger network. Tesla just completed installing the Superchargers and CEO Elon Musk tweeted just yesterday that the network was energized. The

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While you can't drive a Tesla from the US to Europe, Model S drivers on both sides of the pond are seeing a robust Supercharger network. Today, Tesla announced that enough stations exist in central Europe to get a Model S from Amsterdam to cities 500 or 600 miles away in the Alps. As in the US, using a Supercharger is free.

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Groucho Marx famously said that he'd never belong to a club that would have him as a member. When it comes to this particular club, though, we're going to beg to differ.

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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.

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The votes are in, the ballots have been counted and the envelope is open. Together with our partners at AOL Autos, we're proud to announce the winner of our second annual Technology of the Year award. After having awarded the inaugural prize last year to Chrysler for its UConnect infotainment system, this year we've selected the Tesla Supercharger network as the top technological advancement in the automotive industry.

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Tesla's Supercharger network is continuing its rapid expansion throughout Europe. Tesla just opened its very first Supercharger station in Switzerland – in the the town of Lully, connecting the routes between Zurich and Geneva. It's located along Switzerland's highway A1.

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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.

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While turbocharging and supercharging may be nothing new in the automotive industry, motorcycle engines are almost always naturally aspirated. But even that's beginning to change. At the Tokyo Motor Show last week, two major Japanese companies showed off new forced-induction motorbike engines.

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Tesla Motors is on the move today, announcing an expanded deal with Panasonic for more and better lithium-ion automotive batteries as well as progress on the US Supercharger network. To go along with the Supercharger news – which is all about the West Coast – Tesla is taking a specially marked #DriveFree Model S (complete with social media campaign angle) along the route offering, yes, free drives. The opening of the West Coast Supercharger Corridor along US Highway 101 and Interstat

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There's even more to digest from the Elon Musk speech in Germany video that's been making the rounds this week. Our original post mentioned the highlights of an Autobahn performance package for the Tesla Model S and Tesla CEO Musk's distaste for hydrogen fuel cells. Then we took a look at the new of the next-generation EV tidbits, including the news that we can expect to see the car for the first time in 12-18 months. Given the length of the video and the release of a new press release, we've go

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Elon Musk is unafraid to speak his mind. Whether he's talking about other players in the electric vehicle space or sub-par reporting from The New York Times, this is a man with few filters. To further illustrate this point we need look no further than yesterday's address to an enthusiast crowd at a Tesla service center in Germany.

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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 equivale

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Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors may be receiving kudos from everyone ranging from equity investors to Time magazine to crash-test regulators to the wealthy car-buying public, but one auto writer in the Northeast is taking the electric-vehicle maker to task for not deploying its Supercharger vehicle-recharging network as quickly as advertised.

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To paraphrase the classic Beatles song, Tesla is bringing about a bit of Norwegian Good. The California-based maker of the all-electric Model S has started deploying its Supercharger recharging network across Norway. Tesla has dropped the stations in Lyngdal, Aurland, Dombås, Gol, Cinderella (yes, you read that right, Cinderella) and Lillehammer and says about 90 percent of the Norwegian population now lives within 200 miles of one of the stations. With the top-of-the-line Model S deliveri

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With his legions of vociferous fans, there has been no bigger champion for the electric vehicles from Tesla Motors than the man at the helm, Elon Musk. Musk's latest promotional event to prove the power of EVs will be a cross-country drive in a Model S, using the rapidly growing network of Superchargers along the way.

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Yes, according to an interview MIT Technology Review conducted with Tesla Motors technology chief JB Straubel. That fill-'er-up kind of timeframe may not happen in a year or two, but the maker of the battery-electric Model S will try to cut down the recharging time of the 120-kilowatt Superchargers it's deploying across the country for its electricity-thirsty customers.

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We'll link to this 2009 post up front, just to make sure everyone's clear that the fact that a Tesla EV can, indeed, do battery swaps is old news. Yes, four years ago, we learned the all-electric Model S was designed with battery swaps in mind. Or, as Tesla CEO said tonight, "We designed Model S from the beginning to be capable of swapping out the battery pack faster than you can fill a gas tank." Are we clear? Good.

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Elon Musk, the co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, is very passionate about the electric vehicle company he runs. If ever there was any doubt, it was erased yesterday during the yesterday's shareholder meeting.

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