Supersized Supercharger Network - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Tesla Model X: Supersized Supercharger Network

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 29, 2016

2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla's Supercharger network has grown tremendously, and that means we have a lot more road trip options to explore with our 2016 Tesla Model X . The map above represents the state of the network in mid-June 2014 when Kurt and I undertook a massive L.A.-to-New York-to-L.A. cross-country round trip road trip, a feat we completed in less than a week.

Back then there were just 95 stations. You can guess which way we went just by looking at the map. Apart from our decision to chance a straighter path between Las Vegas and Utah, there was but a single cross-country option.

That map looks significantly more crowded today.

2016 Tesla Model X

There are 278 pins on today's map representing 261 Supercharger locations in the U.S. and another 17 in Canada. It's now easier to list the states that do not have a Tesla Supercharger: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Nebraska and North Dakota.

A more direct cross-country route through the middle of the country now exists, and we could even drive all the way to Key West if we cared to. An obvious gap in west Texas needs to be plugged before the I-10 corridor becomes viable, though.

This map does not show other improvements. A fair number of the stations that used to have four spots now have eight. The popular Harris Ranch spot north of us has been expanded from eight to 13 charge spots. And much of the old 90kW equipment has been upgraded to faster 120kW gear, including the one in Barstow, California that slowed me and Kurt down on the final charge of the return leg of our cross-country trip.

Here's how Tesla sees the state of the North American network by year's end.

2016 Tesla Model X

Game on. Coverage is much better, and Arkansas, North Dakota and Nebraska are set to join the club. At this point we should be able to go to most anyplace we care to go.

But this map does not address the future status of Alaska or Hawaii. I'm imagining a muttered chorus of "Typical" from those of you that live there.

As for me, I've got my eye on two "coming soon" stations in the far upper left corner of California. These stations will allow me to drive the Model X on the highway 101 coastal redwood route I prefer when I drive to Oregon to visit my parents.

You can bet I'm already planning for that road trip.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,263 miles

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