It’s impossible to stop hearing about Tesla Motors, the seemingly invincible start-up electric automaker that has had a new announcement or two every week for the last few months. If you’re excited about your Tesla stock hitting $110 per share, just wait until you hear about the latest news: Tesla is planning on having Supercharger stations span across the nation within the next two years, allowing drivers to be able to road trip from one end of the country to the other without spending a cent on gasoline.
Tesla’s Superchargers are already revolutionary in their speed. They can charge a Tesla Model S to close to full capacity in under 30 minutes–down from about 45 minutes with the first versions. Considering that it takes as much as six hours to charge most electric vehicles using a Level 2 charger, we call that progress. Using solar panels, the Superchargers are absolutely free. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the technology will only get better, too.
Within six months, Tesla is planning on doubling the number of Superchargers it has on either coast to better support the increase in Model S owners. Within a year, it hopes to have superchargers available to 80 percent of the U.S. population, and it’ll have them available to 98 percent of the U.S. in two years, if everything goes according to plan.
We don’t see why they wouldn’t. Already, Tesla has sold nearly 5,000 Model S sedans through the first quarter of 2013, after being named our sister publication Motor Trend’s 2013 “Car of the Year.” Tesla has pushed up projections to 21,000 deliveries this year, and its stock has quadrupled in a matter of months to the point where it was able to sell a few more shares to pay back its federal loan nine years ahead of schedule.
So far, this Silicon Valley startup has seen no major snags since the Model S went on sale. And if Musk is as good as he’s been so far with sticking to the plan, we don’t see why the U.S. can’t be completely put on the grid for a real electric vehicle infrastructure.