What is a Supercharger Station?
Like any vehicle, electric cars need to recharge in order to reach their destinations. In 2012, Tesla Motors wanted to construct a network that would facilitate the users of their products when driving long distances using the Model S. Since then, 480-volt fast-charging Superscharger stations were built. In May 2015, 425 stations around the globe are operational, with most of them to be found in North America (203), then Europe (150), and finally in the Asia/Pacific region (76).
What does it do?
The Supercharger provides 135 kW of power. Depending upon the location, the Supercharger would give the 85 kWh Model S an additional 170 miles (270 km) of range in about half an hour and a full charge in around 75 minutes. The energy used to power the Supercharger comes from solar carport system provided by SolarCity. Eventually, all Superchargers would adopt solar energy.
Where can it be found?
The first Supercharger corridor in the U.S. was open for free in October 2012, including six stations placed along routes connecting San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Eventually, a second corridor was made accessible in December 2012 along the Northeast megalopolis, connecting Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.