Tesla Motors will expand its network of fast-charge stations beyond California and the Northeastern seaboard within the next few months or a year. According to Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, the electric carmaker is upgrading its fast-charge stations from 90 kilowatts to 120 kilowatts within the next few months.
This means that an upgraded fast-charge station could nearly restore the power in the vehicle’s battery in just 20 to 25 minutes, around twice as fast as the current Tesla charging time. Existing charging stations can help a Tesla vehicle recover 150 miles of range in 30 minutes, or 200 miles of range in 45 minutes.
Tesla's latest announcement is the latest good news for the electric carmaker. On May 8, 2013, Tesla posted its first ever quarterly profit. Just a week ago, Tesla repaid the $452 million balance of its loan from the US Department of Energy around nine years early. Tesla’s planned expansion is an acceleration of a plan that Musk disclosed last fall.
The expansion is expected to result to a coast-to-coast coverage by the end of 2014. It is also expected to result to a 200-strong charging station network across the United States, with multiple charging outlets available at each station.
Tesla expects to have already installed new charging stations by end of June in routes in California, from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle to Portland, Oregon; in the Northwest and from Austin to Dallas in Texas.
Tesla also plans to install stations in Illinois and Colorado. Within six months, Tesla will have installed charging stations at most places in the US and Canada, with expansion being planned into Arizona, Texas, Florida, the Midwest and Southeast.