We know a fair number of details about the upcoming high-speed charging network for Tesla vehicles. What we don't know is what the chargers will look like. This will change Monday evening.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently Tweeted that that Supercharger unveiling will make it "feel like alien spaceships landed at highway rest stops," so that give us some indication of the design. We're not sure if those vertical supports in the image above are part of the station or not, but it's the teaser image on Tesla's website now, so we think it's likely.

As for the technical aspects, here are some of the things we already know:
  • A top-of-the-line 85-kWh battery pack will be able to be recharged in about an hour.
  • You will be able to get around three hours of driving during a 30-minute stop, and that will get better over time.
  • The capacity is "on the order of 100 kW."
  • There will be solar power involved (we had heard rumors of battery swaps, too, but then that kind of died down).
  • The network is intended to allow for long-distance drives and will require about 30 Superchargers to provide that capability along the U.S. continental coasts.
Musk recently told AutoblogGreen the reason for the proprietary network (other plug-in vehicles won't be able to use the special connector) was that, "the other charge systems don't have enough power and in order to really charge fast, the charger needs pretty advanced technology and it needs to exactly match the pack. It's got to be hand-in-glove."

The Supercharger will be unveiled, along with deployment plans that provide "a solution for the electric vehicle's long-distance road trip that only Model S* can achieve" on Monday, September 24, with a live webcast starting 8 p.m. PDT. You will be able to watch the event here.

*And not all Model S vehicles will be able to Supercharge, since the 40-kWh version was not designed for long trips, according to Musk.
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Tesla Motors To Unveil Much-Anticipated Tesla Supercharger

Tesla Motors, the California-based maker of Model S, will reveal the Tesla Supercharger and deployment plans, providing a solution for the electric vehicle's long-distance road trip that only Model S can achieve.

What: Tesla Supercharger Premiere
When: Monday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. PDT

Where: Tesla Motors' Design Studio
Can't make it in person? A live webcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. PDT at http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

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Tesla Motors' goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S, as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler.

With the most energy-dense battery pack in the industry and best-in-class aerodynamics, Model S has the longest range of any production electric car in the world. Model S comes with three battery options to fit the unique needs of different drivers. The 85 kWh Model S has been certified by the U.S. EPA with a range of 265 miles*, giving it the best electrical vehicle range in the industry.

Model S is the first premium sedan designed from the ground up to take full advantage of electric vehicle architecture. A revolutionary powertrain sits under the floorboard of Model S, creating an ultra-low center of gravity. Paired with an aluminum body engineered for superior handling, Tesla has created a vehicle that raises the bar for performance and efficiency while meeting the highest standards for safety.

Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a second trunk under the hood. Model S seats five adults and two children in optional rear-facing child seats. Model S Performance models accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. The interior features a 17" in-dash touchscreen with internet capabilities, allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation.

For more information about Tesla, please visit: http://www.teslamotors.com

*Using the EPA's 5-cycle test

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