Friday, May 31, 2013
Leave your billfold at home and see the USA
Yesterday was the day. Tesla announced that in 6 months most of the above set of charging stations will be built, all within 2 years, and perhaps more. You can see these are located along the major interstate highways, less than 200 miles apart. For Tesla model S owners recharging is free, forever. Their slogan, drive free forever using the power of the sun. All charging stations will be powered (or offset) by solar or wind. The Tesla has a little over 200 mile range, so this frees their owners to drive cross country free. The charge time is 20 minutes, on a road trip when I fill up, hit the boys room and stretch it takes 10 to 15 minutes, so this is pretty minor increase. Other than these stations hotels will soon provide charging.
In one fell swoop this is set in motion. For the 30 mile range cars this is still not going to work, but battery technology and rapid recharge is leaping forward every few months. Not all cars have to be built for cross country, but there will soon be more out there with long range, and more charging stations will appear. 5 years from now, it's going to be much different.