Tesla to expand charging network to 200 stations across the US

Article by Anita Panait, on May 31, 2013

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.

Having an electric all-wheel drive system, the Tesla Model S enables customers to go anywhere without spending even one drop of gasoline. Indeed, when it comes to fuel efficiency, this model has been rated at 90 mpg by the EPA. Powering the Models are two motors, one of which has been positioned in the back and the other one in the front.

Further, the torque that is channeled to the front and the rear wheels are not only managed independently but digitally as well. Because of this, the Model S is able to deliver unmatched traction control regardless of the condition. In addition, the all-wheel drive in the Model S increases traction while also increasing the fuel efficiency.

This is unlike standard all-wheel drive models that heighten traction but at the expense of efficiency. Tesla revealed that when it comes to performance, it is not afraid to claim that this latest offering is the quickest four-door sedan. Proof of this is that acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is attained within 2.8 seconds. On the inside, the battery pack has been placed in the middle of the axles and along the vehicle’s floor pan.

This results in a center of gravity that is truly low giving it superior handling. Without a doubt, the optimal handling of the Model S is due to the more ideal placement of mass, something rarely seen in a production car. Since the Model S does not have any internal combustion engine, it made it possible to have extra space for cargo. Further, this allowed the Model S to have a cabin that offers space for five adults to sit and with the rear-facing jump seats, two children.

On the interior, the main feature would have to be the center 17-inch touchscreen. For the Model S, this touchscreen incorporates to a single intuitive function various features like cabin control, communication, media, navigation, and vehicle data. Meanwhile, there are also a number of functions reflected on the instrument panel and being voice-activated, ensure that the attention of the driver is focused on the road.

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