The electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has announced a new plan to unveil the latest addition to its line of progressive automobiles. The company, which was founded by the co-founder of both Paypal and Space X, recently released an incredibly forward-thinking plan that will make electric cars a more mainstream option for people looking for an alternative to gas-guzzlers.
The plan concerns what the company is calling Supercharger stations, which will be implemented across the United States so that owners of Tesla Motors vehicles can use them. These stations will function similarly to gas stations except that, of course, users will be recharging their batteries rather than filling their gas tanks. The new stations will have their grand opening in California in the coming weeks, where owners of Tesla’s sedan models can fully charge their vehicles in just under an hour. In just half an hour at the Supercharge station, an electric car can be powered enough to last for over one hundred miles.
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The six stations that are being opened in California can be used by Tesla customers for no extra charge. These stations will be strategically placed in such a way that they are within the same driving radius, so that customers never find themselves stalling for lack of battery power. For longer trips, Tesla customers can count of being within range of a Supercharge station. It is Tesla’s hope to one day canvas the country with Supercharge stations, though California is definitely a good place to start.
By 2015, the company hopes to have at least one hundred stations up and running across the country, making it more practical for people to invest in electric cars. The Supercharger stations function by delivering electricity directly to the car’s battery, instead of through the car’s charging system. This allows an outlet to provide more than four times the energy than would be possible otherwise. It’s difficult to guess how much Tesla will end up shelling out for these new stations, though it seems as though this is a good strategic move for the company.
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Edited by Rich Steeves