Tesla Plans to Increase Their Supercharger Stations
Posted: June 2, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO announced that the company is working to increase the charging capacities for its extremely popular electric cars, the Tesla Model S. At the "D: All Things Digital" conference, Musk announced that Tesla is currently focusing on making what he called "a dramatic acceleration" of their charging network.
Tesla's charging network consists of electric charging stations aka "superchargers" that allow Tesla owners to charge their cars for free. For a 30 minute charge, the Tesla electric car can drive up to 150 miles. So far, there are 7 active charging stations in California and 9 overall in the US.
This number is insufficient. People are unable to drive their Tesla cars on long distances and be truly experience the capabilities of the Model S. This is one reason why the company is looking into constructing charging stations in all major cities across the US. According to Musk, the number of charging station should reach 100 by the year 2015. That way, people could drive their electric cars cross country without the fear of running out of juice.
The CEO also announced that the company is working to produce a new model of the electric car. This version would be slightly smaller and cheaper than the Model S and is expected to launch within 3 years.