Pick up some juice on the way

Tesla Motors says, and we quote, “We want to encourage Model S owners to take road trips.”

To this end, they’ve placed charging stations dubbed “Supercharger” at, um, eight locations so far. This will not, of course, do me any good if I were to undertake one of my epic road trips in a Model S, which, at around 80 grand, I can’t afford anyway.

This is the rollout pace:

Today – 8 stations
Summer 2013 – 27 stations
Fall 2013 – Most metropolitan areas
Winter 2013 – Coast-to-coast travel via I-80
2014 – 80% of the US and Canada
2015 – 98% of the US and Canada

The Bureau of the Census, I submit, has a somewhat different definition of “metropolitan” from Tesla’s.

Anyway, we’re promised two Superchargers in Oklahoma some time in 2014, or perhaps shortly thereafter: one in OKC, one near Elk City. A third, up in the corner around Vinita, should follow a year later. (Route 66? But of course.) Price of this service to owners of the Model S: “Superchargers will be free to use for Supercharging-enabled vehicles for the life of Model S.” However long that may be.


  1. Tatyana »

    31 May 2013 · 11:08 am

    Oh yeah, they might be free for S-model’ owners, but not to the taxpayer, as the model S itself

  2. fillyjonk »

    31 May 2013 · 11:14 am

    98% of the US and Canada by 2015? My BS detector is kind of going off.

    I bet the Yukon territories and parts of Western Oklahoma (which I once described to someone as, “You stop for gas and a bathroom break when you see a gas station, whether you need gas and a bathroom or not, because you don’t know if you’ll find one when you actually need one”) are in the 2%.

  3. CGHill »

    31 May 2013 · 11:24 am

    Far as I can tell from their interactive-ish map, as close as they get to the Yukon will be either southern British Columbia or central Alberta.

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