Thursday was a landmark day for Tesla, a company with plenty of landmarks in its short history. In the city of Hamilton, New Jersey, Tesla proudly cut the ribbons on their 100th Supercharger station, and promised many, many more to come.
Tesla’s Superchargers are free charging stations, and can charge a Model S halfway in just 20 minutes. Which means that for anyone who lives near a Supercharger and owns a Tesla, fuel is free: no gas charges, no electricity charges.
While 100 Supercharger stations (86 of which are in North America) may seem like a lot, it’s a drop in the pond of what Tesla is planning on achieving in the next few years. The company has promised that by the end of 2015, a Supercharger station will be within 100 miles of 98% of the American population. In other words, Tesla owners will be able to drive their vehicle virtually anywhere they want, without ever worrying about running out of miles, or paying for electricity.
And, of course, it’s all aided by the Model S’s 17-inch touchscreen that will direct drivers to any of the Supercharger stations.
100 Supercharger stations is a landmark number, but it represents far more than 100 places to charge a Tesla for free; instead, it’s a glimpse into the ever evolving future of the automotive industry.
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