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Tesla's 100th Supercharger Station!

Tesla has opened its 100th Supercharger station, this one in Hamilton, New Jersey. At a Supercharger, a Model S can get half a charge in as little as 20 minutes, allowing for long-distance travel without having to pay a cent for gas (or, now that we mention it, electricity). By charging only at Superchargers, Model S owners can drive for free, forever.


(100th Tesla Supercharging station)

Tesla has now opened 86 Supercharger stations in North America, 14 in Europe, and we energized the first ones in China just this week. These numbers are growing rapidly as we fill out electric highways around the world. Model S owners can find directions to Superchargers on their cars' 17-inch touchscreens. Meanwhile, we’re building a network that will ultimately mean drivers will never be more than 100 miles from a Supercharger. By the end of next year, we’ll have 98 percent of the U.S. population covered.

The network is already robust enough to support long-distance drives on the most popular routes across America, whether it be a cross country trip from Los Angeles to New York, an East Coast jaunt from Rhode Island to the southern tip of Florida, or an epic 12,000-mile journey to every corner of the United States.

Of course, number 100 is just the start for Tesla. We’re rolling out new Superchargers as fast as we can, which for Model S owners means that gas stops are fast becoming a fading memory with every passing day.

SUPERCHARGERS BY THE NUMBERS (SO FAR)

  • Gallons of gas offset by Superchargers: 570,921
  • Dollars saved in collective fuel costs: 2.3 million*
  • Miles charged: 14,273,033, enough to circle the globe 573 times
  • Cumulative total energy delivered to date: 4.9 million kWh

John Jacob Astor IV demonstrated his understanding of the future of electric cars in his 1894 novel A Journey in Other Worlds by describing vast fleets of "electric Phaetons" that could roam everywhere. He realized that part of the competition between electric cars and gas cars was delivering necessary "fuel" - how to refuel roaming electric cars?

"To recharge the batteries, which can be done in almost every town and village, two copper pins attached to insulated copper wires are shoved into smooth-bored holes..."
(Read more about Astor's electric car recharging station)

Visit the Tesla Motors site to learn more.

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