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2013 Tesla Model S: Charging Network Extended

July 23, 2013

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Dan Edmunds approaches me once a year to reserve a car for his annual family tour of the northwestern states. This year he asked for our 2013 Tesla Model S. A week or so later he changed his mind, citing the lack of supercharging stations along his route. The extra time required to refill at civilian charging stations didn't fit into his time schedule.

Now Tesla has announced an extension of its supercharger network in the Pacific Northwest. Dan may want to rethink his plans.

New charging stations opened in Washington State. Tesla owners now have access to free supercharging stations from Vancouver, BC to Burlington, WA to Seattle, WA to Centralia, WA to Portland, OR. There is still a gap between Portland and Folsom, CA, a span of about 600 miles. But according to the Tesla website, the supercharger build-out will link those areas by the end of this year.

The Tesla supercharger network is almost ready for an Edmunds road trip.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 6,200 miles

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By fordson1
on 07/24/13
7:07 AM PST

I sympathize with him that it's a family roadtrip and that is the point of it, but editor after editor is considering this car for road trips and then passing on it due to range/charge time/schedule issues. This car and the Supercharger network were designed, are being marketed and promoted as the road trip solution for EVs, but they're not being tested as such by Edmunds. Long trips are this car's weakness. Fuel economy is for example the SLS' weakness, and handling is the Hyundai Santa Fe's weakness...but you don't just decide not to test and report on those aspects of those cars just because they won't do well at them - you're supposed to give a complete picture. You guys are treating the Tesla S like it's a glorified Nissan Leaf. There is a limit to how many Sunday drives, evenings out and airport pickups you can do before people get the idea that's all it's good for.

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