With the world moving towards greener ways of transportation and electric and hybrid cars suddenly booming in the market, there is a constant need to have a support system that can make these cars viable and convenient to the average Joe. Tesla is doing its bit by providing supercharger electric-vehicle charging stations and has been recently in the news for its 500th such charging station.
Superchargers are free connectors that charge Tesla vehicles in about 30 minutes. The stations are placed to minimize stops during long-distance travel and are located near restaurants, shopping centers and Wi-Fi hotspots. Each station contains multiple Superchargers. This move also comes in major milestone, especially for car shoppers considering the Tesla Model S sedan and the upcoming 2016 Tesla Model X SUV.
The Model S is on sale now; the Model X is expected to be available in late September. These stations can impressively charge a Model S to 80% capacity in about half an hour. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he plans further upgrades to the company's long-distance charging network this spring, which include a liquid-cooled thin and supple cable that makes it easier for owners to recharge the vehicle and also has the potential for increased power, which is currently being tested at the Mountain View, California.
The company's long-term goal is for the Supercharger network to be powered by sunlight. As this news hits the stands, Tesla has further upped its tally of these stations from 500 to 502, of late Friday. Tesla now boasts of a solid 2800 charging units worldwide. Fans were expecting its 500th station to come up in its home territory of San Francisco Bay Area, however, the company decided to install the station in Moers, some 40kms north of Dusseldorf in Germany.
America, however, should not be disappointed, for it still accounts for 200 of these stations. Tesla has sold a total of 21,577 units in the first half of 2015, with a 55,000 vehicle sales forecast by the end 2015. The company understands how important such a Supercharging network is for continuously supporting and facilitating the acceptance of electric vehicles and is gradually expanding its Supercharger networks in several countries, such as the UK, Spain, Korea, Japan, Italy and China.