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Tesla’s solar-powered super chargers — which can charge Model S cars in 30 minutes — have officially hit the east coast. Last week Tesla announced it had installed two fast chargers, one in Connecticut and one in Delaware.

Tesla charger launch, image courtesy of Tesla.
photo: Image courtesy of Tesla.

California isn’t the only state that’s getting access to Tesla’s solar-powered electric car chargers that can charge a Model S car in 30 minutes. According to the New York Times last week, Tesla has installed chargers at two spots on the East Coast, in Milford, Conn., and Wilmington, Del., enabling a Model S driver to go between Boston and Washington D.C.

Back in late September Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s first six fast chargers in California, and said in 2013 it wants to install many more charger stations throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia. Within two years the U.S. will be covered in Superchargers, said Musk back in September. Musk has been talking about Tesla chargers since at least November 2011.

Tesla chargers

The idea behind Tesla’s charger buildout is that the market for electric cars is really new — not having enough chargers in cities is one of Tesla’s biggest barriers to becoming a more mainstream auto company. In that respect Tesla is becoming a more vertically integrated company, selling both cars and the fuel. SolarCity — the solar installer that Musk co-founded — is providing the solar charging technology.

Tesla is offering Model S drivers free charging at the chargers. The Superchargers can charge the Model S cars with 100 kilowatts of power and provide three hours of driving at 60 mph in about half an hour.

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  1. I used 2 different superchargers in California this weekend. Amazing technology. They worked perfectly and gave us 230 miles of charge in an hour while we ate.

  2. National Geographic Super Car Tesla Model s

  3. Do your homework.

    These superchargers have the ability to charge a Model S up to 150 miles in 30 minutes of charging. That is not the same as a full charge.

    Stupid internet reporters that post whatever they think is right.

    1. Read the last paragraph. Thanks.

      1. I love it when people who go out of their way to be nasty get told. You show him!

      2. While true the first sentence is misleading,”can charge in 30 mins” generally means full charge. Otherwise any charger can “charge in 30 seconds”, just not very much. OP is still a jerk though, so I like the response.

  4. I believe it’s only free if you have the 85kWh battery, you have to pay 2000 if you have the 60 kWh battery, and it is not available at all if you have the 40kWh.

  5. Joe from Jersey Friday, December 28, 2012

    Impressive technology… 2? seriously?

  6. It’ll be a long time before Eastern Ontario gets them but I can’t wait.

  7. Among the first automobiles were electrics. They were a novelty for the rich that were replaced by more effective alternatives. They are no longer novel but still a novelty for the rich. They are green, of course, because everybody knows that electricity comes from pixie dust.

  8. Have to get the cost down on the Model S from 100K. Its not reasonable pricing for middle class.

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