Tesla Motors announced that they will be adding enough Super Chargers to allow drivers of their cars to travel across the US and Canada by the end of 2015. As of this writing there are only 8 charging stations in the USA, by 2015 98% of the country allowing Tesla owners to travel from coast to coast without the fear of getting stranded.
On Tesla’s super charger page they state, “Superchargers are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers. Road trippers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged when they’re done.”
When this happens, it will be a paradigm shift in the way that people view not only Tesla, but all Electric Vehicles. No longer will EVs be for an exclusive class of citizens that have charging stations near them but they will be more accepted as a mode of long distance travel.
By this summer Tesla will be offering 27 stations, including stations in Colorado, Illinois and Texas.
While charging a normal EV (electric vehicle) takes anywhere between 4 and 12 hours the Tesla Super Charger stations can charge a battery to half capacity in around 20 minutes allowing a Model S to drive for around 130-150 miles (EPA) until another charge is needed. The average time spent at a travel stop is around 40 minutes which would give a Tesla Model S a full charge with a range of 265 mi (426 km) (EPA).