Tesla, darling of the business and automotive press but completely unaffordable to basically everyone, is doing its customers a solid. The company is installing “Tesla Supercharger” stations nationwide, which will charge the cars in a jiffy, a few more of which have opened on the East Coast.
Tesla Supercharger stations available to pretentious yuppies on East Coast too
Let’s be honest. Anyone who buys a Tesla S, orders a Tesla X or bought a Tesla Roadster is for one rich, because the darn things would cost Croesus an arm and a leg. They’re also pretentious, because there’s no way it will completely replace the typical car. While the Tesla S has a decent range of 300 miles, it takes hours to recharge. Ergo, there’s an element of “look at how eco-conscious I am.”
Few things are more annoying than pretentious yuppies – hence why no one likes hipsters or vegans.
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However, the company has come up with a decent idea with Tesla Supercharger stations, a small number of locations which use a 480-volt outlet, according to Mashable, to charge a Tesla S quickly. Mostly confined to California, three more, according to AutoGuide, have been installed in New England.
Get 150 more miles on 30 minutes of charging
The new stations on the East Coast are located in Milford, Conn., and Newark, Dela. They sit roughly at the midway points between Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. The six Tesla Supercharger stations in California establish a similar conduit, as a Forbes review of the stations points out those stations are positioned in such a fashion that one could go San Francisco to Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas without being too far from a station.
Granted, one would probably have to charge up in Vegas.
The stations are pretty unique. Buying a Tesla buys entree to the Tesla Supercharger network and they are free to use. They’re solar-powered, too, so those East Coast stations aren’t drawing on those dirty old coal plants. The 480-volt chargers will charge a Tesla S sufficiently to drive 150 miles – a full charge in base models and half-charge in premium models with the 300-mile range – in 30 minutes. The charge coupler is proprietary, so electric cars from more proletarian makers can’t use them.
Part of a larger rollout
The stations are produced via a partnership between Tesla and solar technology company SolarCity, according to Engadget, with the plan being to have 100 Tesla Supercharger stations up and running nationwide by year’s end in 2013, according to Inside Line.
However, those who don’t want to splurge 5 Series money on an electric car, take heart. Tesla is working on a new model, for release after the Model X and the new Roadster, which is projected to list for around 3 Series money in a few years. Granted, one can always buy a Leaf or head to, say, Ford of Spokane, Wa., or wherever and get a Fusion Electric if they can’t wait.