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Superchargers power Tesla Model S EVs for over 8M miles [UPDATE]

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.

Tesla Supercharger wins AOL Autos Tech of the Year award

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.

First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland now ready

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.

Tesla Superchargers come to Michigan

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.

Japanese motorcycles moving into forced induction

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.

Tesla expands li-ion battery deal with Panasonic, Supercharger network

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

Tesla looking at Chrome, Android update for Model S; big Supercharger network in Germany

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

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel cells are 'so bullsh*t'

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.

Tesla Model S EVs have driven 3.2M miles on Supercharger power

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

Tesla Supercharger deployment lagging

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.

Tesla Superchargers deployed in Norway

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

Elon Musk's Tesla Model S electric road trip: 5 kids, 3,200 miles, 9* hours of charging

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.

Can Tesla Superchargers get half-refill time down to 5 minutes?

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.

Tesla Model S battery swap takes just 90 seconds, will track your old battery pack

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.

Tesla's Elon Musk gets emotional over NADA during shareholder meeting, will make next big announcement June 20

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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Tesla Announces Supercharger Network Expansion, Faster Charge Times

Tesla announced today a large expansion to their Supercharger network. The accelerated rollout is a response to the success of the few Supercharger stations on the east and west coast that allowed an estimated 1 million miles of electric-powered driving since going live in October 2012.

Tesla Supercharger network goes nationwide, gets quicker [w/video]

For Model S drivers, Tesla Motors' oft-delayed Supercharger announcement was worth the wait. The electric vehicle company today explained how it will expand its network of high-speed electric vehicle charging stations across North America (and hinted that the technology will come to Europe and other areas in the future).

Chreos EV wildly overpromises with 600-mile range, 640 hp and 10-minute charging [w/video]

Check it out: according to Silex Power, it's a force of nature," a "fluid form... the pinnacle of technological innovation. It's the epitome of elegance and luxury, a synopsis of the superior class... the most technologically vehicle ever conceived. It's the dawn of a new era in electric mobility – the Chreos.

Is free charging for EVs actually a hindrance, long term?

The days of free public charging for electric vehicles may soon be coming to an end, despite there being a lot of it out there right now, whether solar powered or as an incentive deal when buying the EV. Plug In Car's European correspondent Laurent Masson, though, is looking ahead and is making the argument that free electricity will actually hinder growth of charging networks. Instead, he writes, utilities and charging station providers need to become more like *shudder* oil companies.

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