Tesla opens first supercharger stations on the East Coast

Article by Christian A., on January 4, 2013

Owners of the Tesla Model S in the East Coast area rejoice at the opening of the first supercharger stations in the area. Tesla Motors said that the new chargers are located at the Milford Travel Plaza in Milford, Connecticut and the Delaware Welcome Center and Travel Plaza in Newark, Delaware. Model S owners who are driving in the Boston-to-Washington corridor can go to these new stations.

Tesla had set up the first supercharger stations in six locations all over California. Tesla Motors aims to give "free long distance driving” to Model S owners in the Northeast. Tesla Motors is planning to expand to more than 100 stations throughout the country by 2015.

Stopping at these stations for half an hour gives a charge that’s equivalent to about 150 miles or about three hours of drive time -- much faster than any other charging equipment on the market. The Model S is the only electric car that can use the stations since they’re not compatible with models like the Nissan Leaf.

The Tesla Model S first all-electric sedan marks another evolution in the world of automotive engineering. Aside from its excellent road performance and high levels of efficiency, the new Model S also boasts of having the longest range among electric vehicle. Likewise, the new Model S is continuously improved thanks to over-the-air software updates.

Moreover, the new Tesla Model S is considered as one of the safest cars in the world, earning the highest possible safety ratings from different authorities around the world. In fact, both the NHTSA and the Euro NCAP has given the Model S the highest possible ratings. Moreover, the Models S has managed to set a new record of lowest likelihood of occupant injury during tests in the United States.

This excellent level of safety is thanks to the fact that the new Model S is underpinned by Tesla’s architecture, which allowed for a low location of both electric drivetrain and its battery pack. The distinct electric drivetrain is located beneath the Model S while the battery is strategically located on the floor – both giving the EV a low center of gravity, which greatly minimizes the risk of rollover while improving the car’s handling and performance. In addition, the absence of the engine in the “engine bay” means that the new Model S features a crumple zone larger than other performance sedans.

Furthermore, the new Tesla Models S is laden – as standard – with active safety features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, collision warning and lane departure warning. It could also be fitted with optional convenience features like autopark, autosteer, summon and traffic-aware cruise control.

Serving as the core of the new Models is an Electric All-Wheel Drive unit that employs an electric motor on the front and another on the rear. The Model S is designed to be able to digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels – resulting to superb traction control in any condition. Interestingly, the carmaker’s Electric All Wheel Drive system hikes both the levels of traction and efficiency.

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