NOW BREAKING: 120kW charging

NOW BREAKING: 120kW charging

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Tesla Motors today announced significant expansion of the Tesla Supercharger network. Supercharging enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely.

The expansion of the network builds upon the success of the Tesla Supercharger network that covers California and Nevada on the west coast and the Washington, DC to Boston region on the east coast. The Tesla Supercharger network has enabled an estimated 1 million miles of driving since going live in October 2012. Superchargers are designed for city to city travel, enabling Model S electric vehicle drivers to travel for about three hours, take a 20 to 30 minute break to grab lunch or a soda or coffee, and get back on the road charged up. For free.

With the accelerated rollout of the Tesla Supercharger network, Model S drivers can expect:

Triple the number of Tesla Supercharger stations by the end of next month, including additional stations in California, coverage of the northwest region from Vancouver to Seattle to Portland, Austin to Dallas in Texas, Illinois and Colorado. There will also be four additional eastern seaboard stations, expanding the density of the network to provide for more convenient stopping points.
Within six months the Tesla Supercharger network will connect most of the major metro areas in the US and Canada, including expansion into Arizona, additional stations in Texas, Florida, and the Midwest, stations connecting Ottawa to Montreal, and across North and South Carolina into Georgia. It will also be possible to travel diagonally across the country from Los Angeles to New York using only the Tesla Supercharger network.
A year from now, the Tesla Supercharger network will stretch across the continent, covering almost the entire population of the US and Canada. The expansion of the network will mean that Model S drivers can take the ultimate road trip -- whether that’s LA to New York, Vancouver to San Diego, or Montreal to Miami – without spending a cent on fuel.
In addition to the expansion of the Tesla Supercharger network itself, Tesla is improving the technology behind the Tesla Supercharger to dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes to charge Model S, cutting charging time in half relative to early trials of the system. The new technology, which is in beta test mode now and will be fully rolled out to customers this summer, will allow Model S to be charged at 120 kW, replenishing three hours of driving in just over 20 minutes.

BYT | May 30, 2013


stevencoberly | May 30, 2013

Details on locations? Map?

SamO | May 30, 2013

With screen shots

holidayday | May 30, 2013

not the same screen shots. Wonder where those came from?

Tâm | May 30, 2013

Thanks Samo for the breaking news!

We did see in real life "Supercharger 120" label with the new Harris Ranch installation, but we just didn't know it's real or not.

Now, Dream does come true!

SamO | May 30, 2013

Great catch @TAM!

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

Super charger algorithm changed to allow max rate charging for much longer instead of tapering. This is still in Beta. Expect to roll out to all supercharges within three months

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

c.160-180 miles in 20 minutes.

electrophorus | May 30, 2013

New supercharger page is up, with interactive map.

stuberman | May 30, 2013

90KW to 120KW. This is really exciting. Currently, you have to find a distraction while you are using the superchargers. In the future it won't be necessary.
Thanks Elon!

holidayday | May 30, 2013

Ah, they were from the embedded video.

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

New supercharger page live:

200 miles in 30 minutes quoted

RedShift | May 30, 2013

That's fucking great. Sorry, I had to use that word.

kback | May 30, 2013

This just in, internal combustion engine cars become obsolete... or soon will be.

SamO | May 30, 2013

Per call:

Busiest Supercharger WAS Harris but Gilroy and Delaware.

Supercharging doesn't affect the life of the pack, quite negligible.

Not storing the pack at 100% state of charge is the worst thing. And being stored hot.

BEST is midstate of charge and cold.

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

Superchargers Now

Superchargers summer13

Superchargers fall 13

Vic M | May 30, 2013

My experience last weekend in Folsom makes me think that is a 120 kW beta site. I wasn't paying too much attention given that there is a margarita joint nearby (for the passengers), but I seem to remember 398V/ ~280A at the start of my charge. I was certainly blown away by how fast it charged up!

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

Winter 2013:
Superchargers Winter13

susanv | May 30, 2013

I pass the Darien, CT rest stops that are being built at least twice a week. I thought I saw something that could end up being superchargers at the northbound stop that is almost done. Based on the map, looks like that may be right.

SamO | May 30, 2013

Average cost/station:

Roughly $150K/station without solar
$150K with solar

Some might be more, some might be less.

100 station mark next year. Going twice as fast as originally planned.

SamO | May 30, 2013

$300K with solar

SamO | May 30, 2013

If you tap the lightning bolt on the screen, it will guide you to the nearest Supercharger.

Automatically updated in real time as they go live.

SamO | May 30, 2013

25-30 in california alone

Couple hundred across Canada and the U.S.

SamO | May 30, 2013

EU Supercharging announcement in a few months.

First deliveries in July.

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

Shout out to Douglas Adams!!

SamO | May 30, 2013

Generate more energy from the sun than is used by MOdel S recharging at the station.

Recharging is concentrated on Friday afternoon and evening and a Sunday afternoon and evening or in Holidays.

But it sees rather limited use during the week.

Solar panels generate and cumulate more than the cars consume.

We actually have GRID STORAGE going on at some Superchargers. Stationary battery packs that take in energy from the week from the panels.

That stationary pack charges the S's and is capable of completely off-grid.

We expect to roll this out to ALL of the Superchargers.

These will operate even if the U.S. grid goes down.

Even if there is a zombie apocalypse. You will still be able to charge.

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

Unscheduled announcement - there is grid storage at some supercharger locations. Solar charges the stationary batteries, the batteries charge the car. Capable of going completely off grid.

"Tesla can survice the Zombie Apocalypse"

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013


SamO | May 30, 2013

Solar takes longer to get deployed, but eventually you'll see them at ALL Superchargers.

SamO | May 30, 2013

We need to make sure we have lots of parking spots.

Right now it can put power to 2 bays, but it will be upgraded to charge 4 bays.

SamO | May 30, 2013

We stack a number of chargers from the car (with internal redundancy).

12 chargers for the 120kW charging.

SamO | May 30, 2013

States have been really welcoming, but it was difficult in the beginning.

We usually work with rest stop areas. It took a lot of education. Even getting our calls returned.

Once we had working stations, we referred highway rest stop operators to those as examples.

Now we have LOTs of opportunities.

SamO | May 30, 2013

Overdo it on the number of spots so you don't have to worry about reserving.

hpatelmd | May 30, 2013

Elon doesn't like Battery Swap for Tesla

riceuguy | May 30, 2013

I wouldn't categorize his answer as "not liking" it...

ian | May 30, 2013

Great stuff SamoSam! Thanks for keeping us updated!

hpatelmd | May 30, 2013

You're right, he dose like options, but felt it was not the best idea for the MS

hpatelmd | May 30, 2013

Edit: *does

Albert B | May 30, 2013

I noticed the 120kw rating as well. A single controller currently drives 2 charge ports. If 2 cars are charging max charge is currently 60kw (rather than 90).

I'm assuming that limit is still in place but they'll increase the max rate if only 1 car is charging. | May 30, 2013

May 31 @ 10:30am EST: CNBC Live = Elon Interview

Bryan M. | May 30, 2013

I think this is great news about the Supercharging expansion. I think it underlying says a lot about the growing demand of the Model S should be good news for investors after that point sinks in.

ajamison | May 30, 2013

so with each charging terminal maxing at a 210 amp possible output what does that say the max possible kwh charge could be assuming they opened it up wide open.

GeekEV | May 30, 2013

> Super charger algorithm changed to allow max rate charging for much longer instead of tapering.
> This is still in Beta. Expect to roll out to all supercharges within three months

@nickjhowe - The charge is controlled by the car, right? Other than the 120kWh vs. 90kWh hardware issue, the software would simply be pushed to the cars. No?

Andre-nl | May 30, 2013


My understanding is that the charge is controlled by the charger(s). Whether is it the charger inside your car or in the superchargers makes no difference. It is all the same hardware.

Brian H | May 30, 2013

Note that on the maps, the blue dots are public 40kW chargers. Only the red dots are superchargers.

Virtuous circle: the more SCs, the faster MSes sell. The more MSes are sold, the faster the SCs go up. Where will it end??


DouglasR | May 30, 2013


What maps are you referring to? On the recently displayed SC maps, the blue/gray dots are SCs under construction as of that date, not 40 kW chargers, whereas the red dots are completed SCs. Who has 40 kW chargers?

jbunn | May 30, 2013


Many of the other cars have failed because they did not reach "critical mass" of cars and infrastructure at the same time. I really think Tesla turned the corner on that. I think and hope that we've now passed the point of no return where electric vehicles have enough cars rolled out and enough chargers of all capabilities to achieve critical mass.

The future looks good.

nickjhowe | May 30, 2013

@GeekEV - Good question. I can only go by what Elon said. He referred to an algorithm in the SuperCharger, and that they would be rolling the software out to other SuperChargers over the summer. I therefore assume that unlike regular charging where the car is in control, for SuperChargers either the car and the SuperCharger cooperate or the SuperCharger controls the process.

Brian H | May 30, 2013

Yeah, I misinterpreted the bar chart on Doh.

No, he just doesn't consider it a brilliant NEW idea; it's been around some time, and, of course, Better Place just illustrated the "business model" problems -- by going bust.