How a new announcement from Tesla could make electric cars practical for all…

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Electric powered transportation is the dream for anyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint and for anyone who wants to be able to go on road trips without breaking the bank. However as a rule this has always been a dream that’s just out of grasp for most of us with electric cars generally being ugly, costly and impractical. Too bad…

Except the good news is that in many ways this isn’t the case anymore, and recent announcements from Tesla Motors suggest it may not be the case at all very soon. Here we will look at why electric powered cars just might be a future that’s not too distant anymore…

Tesla Motors: The Story So Far

The idea of electric cars is nice enough but it wasn’t until recently that people started to take them seriously. One reason for this was how undesirable and ugly most of them were, but that all changed when Tesla released their Roadster model which meant you could drive an electric car and feel like a billion dollar playboy at last. This still didn’t mean much to most of us though, as the cars were still too expensive to be a realistic option. Noting this, the next release from Tesla was the Model S which was the first time that an electric vehicle was really available at a mainstream price.

But there was still one problem – and that was charging. While you could go on short trips in your Model S after charging at home, there was nowhere you could conveniently power up again on the road meaning you’d need an old fashioned petrol car to travel long-distance or risk being stranded.

Once again Tesla listened, and Tesla answered…

Tesla’s New Announcement: The Supercharger

This latest announcement is a network of ‘Supercharger’ stations that will provide power to six locations throughout Arizona, Nevada and California. If you are lucky enough to live in one of these areas and own an electric car, then you’ll be able to stop off at one of the solar

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powered ‘carports’ to give yourself a hefty 100 kilowatt charge. This will be enough to let you travel long distances after charging for 30 minutes, and in the future it’s expected to go up to 120 kilowatts. Of course 30 minutes is a bit longer than it would take you to top up a regular car, but if you tie this in with your lunch then it won’t be too noticeable.

Of course the only other slight limitation here is in the number of stations – but Tesla have big plans to expand and aim to have Superchargers between Vancouver and San Diego, Los Angeles and New York and Miami and Montreal by next year; and in Europe and Asia by the latter half of 2013. It seems that Tesla are serious at driving a more efficient mode of transport forward and if they realise their plans we might see a world where more and more people finally end their reliance on petrol…

 

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