Tesla energizes network of West Coast charging stations

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 - 11:09 am

Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors Wednesday announced the opening of the “West Coast Supercharger Corridor,” energizing a network of electric charging stations that enable owners of its Model S to travel for free between San Diego and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Tesla Model S is a full-size, electric-powered, five-door hatchback with a range of about 250 to 300 miles.

The network of charging stations is along Highway 101 and Interstate 5. Tesla said more than 99 percent of Californians and 87 percent of Oregon and Washington car owners are now within 200 miles of a Supercharger.

Tesla Superchargers are touted as being significantly more powerful than typical electric vehicle charging stations, delivering up to 120 kilowatts of direct current power to the Model S battery, providing half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. Tesla said many of the Superchargers are strategically placed near amenities such as roadside diners, cafes and shopping centers.

Travel distance between San Diego and Vancouver is about 1,750 miles.

For more information, see www.teslamotors.com.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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