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Tesla unveils its Supercharger, opens charging network in California

Tesla Motors has unveiled its highly anticipated Supercharger, which will pave the way for long distance travel in electric cars for free by using sunlight energy.

The Supercharger is said to be significantly more efficient than existing technologies to date, providing nearly 100 kilowatts of power to the Tesla Model S batteries, and with the potential to upgrade this to 120 kilowatts in the coming years.

These stations will enable the Model S to take on “free long distance travel indefinitely,” the company said.

Supercharger is being touted as a breakthrough in the industry as it overcomes one of the major barriers for electric cars, their inability to travel for long distances on a single charge.

In partnership with energy-provider SolarCity, Tesla designed each Supercharger to generate electricity from solar panels, where more electricity will be produced than cars charging at the station will normally consume. Thus, for over a year, the excess power will become net contributors to the grid, allowing Tesla car owners to actually drive using solar power.

Along with the launch, Tesla unveiled the six locations for stations encompassing the first network of the Supercharger. It will stretch across California and some parts of Nevada and Arizona.

“Tesla’s Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, providing long distance travel that has a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and chief executive officer.

“However, by making electric long distance travel at no cost, an impossibility for gasoline cars, Tesla is demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be,” he added.

Following the installation of the first network in California, Tesla is planning to set up Superchargers in “high traffic corridors” in the United States by next year, which will allow fast and purely electric trips from Vancouver to San Diego, Miami to Montreal and Los Angeles to New York.

The company is also eyeing to build Supercharger networks across the continents of Europe and Asia by the second half of 2013. – EcoSeed Staff

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