Tesla Supercharger Network Hits Major Milestone | Edmunds

Tesla Supercharger Network Hits Major Milestone


PALO ALTO, CaliforniaTesla Motors reported that its Supercharger network hit a major milestone of 2,000 Superchargers located at almost 400 Supercharger stations worldwide in late February.

"The Tesla Supercharger network is the world's largest and fastest-growing fast-charging network," the California automaker said in a statement. "In 2014, the number of Superchargers increased fivefold. We plan to double the number in 2015."

The network is designed to make traveling easier for owners of the Tesla Model S electric sedan and lessen "range anxiety." The Superchargers enable free long-distance driving.

Every Model S with an 85 kWh battery includes Supercharging. It can be added to any 60 kWh Model S as well.

The Tesla update also provided a few fascinating facts. The northernmost Supercharger is located in Setermoen, Norway, while the southernmost is located in Sydney, Australia.

There are 393 Supercharger stations in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 9,165 electric charging stations with 23,091 charging outlets in the U.S. They are designed to recharge a growing number of electric vehicles, including the Chevrolet Spark EV, Fiat 500e and Nissan Leaf.

In a major coup for Tesla, the Model S was named the best overall car by Consumer Reports last week.

"For all of the impressive new vehicles released in 2014, none was able to eclipse the innovation, magnificence, and sheer technological arrogance of the Tesla," the publication said. "That's why it's our best overall pick for the second consecutive year."

Key competitors to the Model S include the Lexus LS 600h L and Porsche Panamera SE-Hybrid.

Edmunds says: Another reassuring sign for car shoppers that the electric-charging infrastructure continues to grow.

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