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Tesla Builds $250,000 Fast Chargers for Model S

Bloomberg -- Tesla Motors Inc., the electric-car company led by Elon Musk, is building a network of solar-powered rapid-charge stations on major U.S. highways to expand the driving range for owners of its cars at no cost to them.

Tesla has installed the first six of its so-called superchargers on highways in California, Nevada and Arizona, Musk said late yesterday at its design studio in Hawthorne, CA. The system recharges Tesla’s Model S sedan at a 100-kw rate, providing power for three hours of highway driving within just 30 minutes, the company said.

Following the first six charging stations, with power supplied by SolarCity Corp., a Musk-backed solar panel installer, Tesla said it plans to install superchargers in busy traffic corridors across the U.S., “enabling fast, purely electric travel


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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 9:46:40 AM

What's this supercharging going to do to those expensive lithium ion batteries?
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 8:36:29 AM

COOL!!!!!
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 11:07:00 PM

Super!!
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:43:42 PM

I'm with wbpprint
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 3:00:01 PM

NO THANKS!! After seeing one has happened to the Volts and the new Chryslers I wont even stand next to one of these things let alone drive one. Spontaneous combustion is something I try to avoid.
wbpprint
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:55:18 PM

And yet at say 50mph, 3 hours equals 150 miles. So every 150 miles you need to stop for 30 minutes to recharge. That will means on a typical road trip af 10 hours per day you will not get more than 400 miles. I go nearly 450 miles per tank of gas that takes 5 minutes to fill and in ten hours I can go at least 600 miles, including rest stops and lunch. So much for the electric car, it is a toy, nothing more.
Dsin44
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:54:56 PM

good for Tesla.. to bad Ford or GM doesn't build some free gas stations!
rodzilla123
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:54:31 PM

Great... Yada,Yada,Yada.. When I can afford a $250,000 Car in this OBIMINATION economy I will be Impressed!!!!!
RAE344
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:53:22 PM

It must be nice to have the money to afford one of their cars.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:52:49 PM

Good thing Elon has government backed loans because this is going South.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:48:42 PM

Model S
A2J
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:45:10 PM

lets see where they blow
Gmsclecarparts
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 11:49:55 AM

Uhhh, so Elon the snakeoil salesman trots out a few proprietary charging stations that are powered by solar panels & the gullible brain dead lib audience eat it up...

Tell us Elon:
- what happens if it's been overcast outside for days & your stations solar panels can't do the job?
- the 30+ minute "supercharger" stations are occupied with multiple EV owners whose vehicle's batteries are near dead, so one has to wait, & wait, & wait..................................................
- real estate costs too much & it's too expensive to build a station in certain areas.
ObieDog
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 11:43:04 AM

Gimme two!
skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:38:40 AM

30 minutes to charge? are you kidding me?
ktyson13
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:19:46 AM

if you can afford the car, then you can afford the charger.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:59:44 AM

Not enough driving time for a 30 min. recharge.
Norm10
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:31:01 AM

They are spending their money for nothing.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:00:19 AM

how much $$$$ for each?
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:57:40 AM

It would be good if tesla puts those superchargers all over the USA as business model.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:52:48 AM

30 minutes is not fast enough, need to get it down to like 5
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:49:01 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:34:28 AM

No thanks.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:29:35 AM

They have sold out of the Roadsters in North America...can wait to get one.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:28:17 AM

If you can afford a Tesla, you probably aren't worrying about this.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:27:28 AM

Tesla must be making one heckofa profit on each car it sells to provide all those $250,000. charging stations.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:27:26 AM

Infrastructure is very important for expansion.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:25:26 AM

I like the fact they did it WITHOUT tax payer subsidies.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:23:50 AM

It is a start. There is a long way to go. At the current gas prices I am all in.
cashpile
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:23:26 AM

@GingoutMD: Exactly. At best, EVs are commuter cars until technology catches up. A proliferation of 5-minute charging stations to refill to capacity is a must.
torch347
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:23:09 AM

It would be great, but the cost of each car and any repairs out weighs the need to buy a new electric car.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:22:29 AM

A 10 minute fillup with gas and you're good for 6-8 hrs of highway time. So you get less than half the distance and 3 times the charge time, if you can find, or get to a recharge station.
traumer
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:22:10 AM

Electric cars just aren't practical traveling cars. The charging problem will negate sales.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:20:56 AM

I can gas up in 5 min instead of a 30 min charge. I can then drive for 5 or 6 hours instead of 3. Still just a toy for the rich.
GingoutMD
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:20:09 AM

Infrastructure is needed for EVs to be successful and this is a start. There is still a long road ahead (pun intended) for EVs to work as a real alternative to fossil fuel based cars.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:19:58 AM

Sounds promising!
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:18:19 AM

A thirty minute charge for a three-hour drive?
No thanks.
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Come on peoples!
Here's a chance for all "you" that scream "buy american" to step up to the plate and swing for home plate!

Let's keep americans working !!!
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:17:59 AM

Great!
LAMPY54
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:16:27 AM

Good
MeiThink
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:15:54 AM

Even if every company built these charging stations, I don't see it "catching on"...
VaBchDriver
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:15:24 AM

Best to introduce a newer flux-capacitor as a back up. I think I'll stick with diesel.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:14:53 AM

Ok.
RangerTrainer
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:14:31 AM

Still cuts down on travelling time Will turn a 8-9 hour drive into at least 10hrs with "refuelling"
kyrunner
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:14:17 AM

Toys for the super rich!
hibsaw
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:14:08 AM

Fast charge is a must if EVs are to be successful.
The3rd
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:14:04 AM

Yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Wood_Chopper
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:13:50 AM

30 min. is fast?
VetteFan
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:13:11 AM

Considering what Tesla is making on each car, that's so nice of them. Not.
cheli2010
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:13:01 AM

Generating more jobs... this is good....
JimL1
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:11:47 AM

Whoopee, if I understand this correctly, Tesla's $250,000 chargers will allow me to sit and twiddle my thumbs for only 1/3 of my time during any trips that I might make.
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