Think it’s possible to drive across the country in a car without needing to stop for gas? If you were powered by electricity you could, and it wouldn’t cost you a cent. Now, if you could only find the same deal on car insurance.
Electric car maker Tesla Motors has made it a reality with its free Supercharger network, running from Los Angeles to New York, enabling West Coast-to-East Coast Model S road trips powered solely on electricity.
To demonstrate the efficiency of the network, Tesla recently held a cross-country rally that ended in New York. Over the course of the 3,400-mile trip, a team consisting of 15 drivers endured fierce sand storms, pounding rain, brutally cold temperatures, and a Colorado blizzard that set them back eight hours.
About the rally:
- A team of two Tesla Model S sedans drove from Los Angeles using only the Supercharger stations for recharging.
- The trip took 76.5 hours and, according to the company, achieved the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country.
- Tesla said the rally is in the process of being validated as a new entry in the Guinness World Records book.
Tesla has strategically placed Superchargers between cities along main highways in North America, allowing Model S owners to travel for free and drive from station to station with minimal stops.
Tesla’s Supercharger stations are superior to the typical charging setup:
- Superchargers are approximately 16 times faster than the normal public charging station.
- Provides half a charge in as little as 20 minutes.
- Can top off a partially drained battery in 30 to 40 minutes.
- The charging rate decreases as the battery reaches full capacity, so a full charge can take more than an hour.
However, the company said the charging stations are placed close enough to each other so drivers do not require a full charge to travel from one to the next. Superchargers are located near conveniences such as shopping centers, roadside diners, and cafes.
High-end versions of the Tesla Model S have the longest range of any production electric cars, rated at 265 miles on a full charge when using the largest available battery.
Tesla’s Supercharger coverage at a glance:
- North America – 73 stations today
- Coast-to-coast travel now enabled
- West Coast Supercharger Corridor (runs from San Diego to Vancouver)
- 2014 – 80% of the US population and parts of Canada
- 2015 – 98% of the US population and parts of Canada
- Worldwide – more than 85 stations
Tesla’s network winds from Seattle down through California and up through Arizona, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio and Maryland, and along the East Coast from Connecticut reaching to Florida. Texas currently has several charging stations online, from Dallas down to Houston.
Individuals wanting to travel through Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee, would need to find other charging stations. Tesla has plans to have southern roads covered by sometime next year.
Speaking about coverage, could car insurance coverage cost less for electric vehicles? With its simple mechanics and fewer moving parts compared with gas-powered engine vehicles, there should be less costly repairs, resulting in less money paid out by insurance companies. Before you buy an electric vehicle, why not get a car insurance quote first? You may save a bundle.
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