Tesla eases owner's range woesTesla hopes to make Road trips in EV's a thing!
Perhaps the biggest caveat of owning any electric car is its range. Though, with the addition of new battery technology, and more efficient designs, manufacturers have been able to stretch the range on most EV’s. Currently, many wouldn’t mind the idea of an EV for hopping around the city running errands during the day and topping off the battery at night. With the introduction of more charging ports, EV’s would make a great city car. Few individuals and fewer families however are financially capable of owning a vehicle dedicated for city driving and other vehicles for when a family road trip is necessary.
Incidentally, the range of the electric vehicle has been the one limiting factor of a electric vehicles utility. Taking an electric car out for a inter-city trip and pushing the limits of the battery is always a harrowing experience. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere with an empty battery is a lot worse than being stuck with an empty tank. One can’t just carry a Jerry can full of electricity to fill up the battery. That being said, Tesla motors hopes to ease the woes of their customers (at least those living in the west coast) with their supercharger network. The network consists of superchargers spotted along the major interstate highways from Tijuana all the way up to Vancouver. Each charging station has a Supercharger which Tesla claims provide 3 hours worth of driving time in a single 20 minute charge. The fast charge occurs in part due to the significantly higher outputs of the chargers (33% more than Tesla’s regular chargers). In addition to the superchargers, Musk says that the charging stations will be equipped with battery swapping capabilities allowing owners to swap out the dead battery for a freshly charged one in 90 seconds. Unfortunately, this particular service isn’t free (unlike the superchargers) but the operation will cost no more than a full tank of gas at today’s prices.
Founder and CEO Elon Musk hopes to extend the network to the east coast by the end of 2013. If this rings true, Tesla might be able to reach their intended goal of covering 98% of the U.S and Canadian population by the end of 2015.
Source: The Verge