Drive Your Tesla Tesla motors is continuing with its planned cross-country network of friendly electric charging stations to enable their all electric Model S roadster sales and customer experience .  They have just announced in the fall of 2013 that Tesla model S owners can Drive Your Tesla from Tijuana to Vancouver along the entire West Coast of the United States and take advantage of their free supercharger network which is now energized.  Tesla drivers can now drive from Vancouver  all the way to Tijuana and count on being able to recharge their cars quickly and a number of charging stations.

Drive Your Tesla – Charging Stations

Charging stations have been installed along Highway 101 and also on Interstate 5. A full charge takes about one hour while  half the charge in 20 minutes.  The stations are free for Tesla drivers and covers major highways on the East Coast of the United States. Stop to charge your car, grab a quick bite and visit the washroom and your car is just about fully charged.

Over the next two years every superhighway and every state will have charging stations that will support Tesla Model S drivers on cross continent trips. An Amazing Objective!  As volume picks up more and more stations will be installed to support the increasing number of electric cars on the road. The plan is to have a super charger station every 80 miles along major highways. With more and more companies getting into the act, there will be added stations in small towns and along less traveled roads over the next 5 years. The construction of this charging network will be the catalyst that enables electric vehicles and makes it possible for them to really gain a foothold in American car culture.

Battery Swapping

A Tesla battery can be swapped out in as little as 90 seconds and replaced with a fully charged battery. The cost is planned to cost about the same as a full tank of gas and the driver can be on his way quite quickly. It is not clear how many stations will have this capability at the present time or how many drivers would be willing to pay this extra amount vs. taking a break while their car recharges. Drivers will need to decide on whether they want convenience or are willing to wait for more economic recharging of their batteries.