PALO ALTO, California — Tesla Motors has installed more than 500 Supercharger electric-vehicle charging stations worldwide, a major milestone, especially for car shoppers considering the Tesla Model S sedan and the upcoming 2016 Tesla Model X SUV.
The Model S is on sale now; the Model X is expected to be available in late September.
There are now 502 Supercharger stations with 2,832 Superchargers, according to the California-based electric automaker. More than 200 of the stations are located in the U.S., with more coming online regularly.
Superchargers are free connectors that charge Tesla vehicles in about 30 minutes. The stations are placed to minimize stops during long-distance travel and are located near restaurants, shopping centers and Wi-Fi hotspots. Each station contains multiple Superchargers.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said this spring that further upgrades to the company's long-distance charging network are in the works.
A liquid-cooled cable is being tested at the Mountain View, California Supercharger location. The thin, supple cable makes it easier for owners to recharge the vehicle and also has the potential for increased power, Musk said.
The company's long-term goal is for the Supercharger network to be powered by sunlight.
Edmunds says: The Tesla Superchargers are a critical part of the equation for Tesla buyers, since they are designed to do away with range anxiety, the fear that the vehicle will run out of charge.