Last Friday, Tesla Motors quietly launched its first 480-volt Supercharger stations on the nation's East Coast.  The station, which is claimed to provide the Model S with up to 150 miles of additional range in only 30 minutes, effectively makes it possible to travel from Boston to Washington, D.C. (approximately 443 miles) in a 265-mile rated Tesla Model S.

In total, Tesla opened two roadside stations on the East Coast.  One is located in Milford, Connecticut and the other in Wilmington, Delaware.

Eventually, Tesla aims to install a network of Superchargers throughout the US.   Unfortunately, owners of non-Tesla electric vehicles will not be able to benefit from the chargers, as Tesla selfishly (?) developed its own system that is not compatible with plug-in vehicles from other automakers.

Rendering of typical Tesla Supercharger

Rendering of typical Tesla Supercharger

Tesla inaugurated the opening of its first Supercharger, located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, back in October.  The startup automaker then held ribbon-cutting ceremonies at four of its six initial Supercharger locations on the West Coast.  Tesla says the Supercharger network will expand rapidly over the next two years, but if you don't own a Tesla, then these sites are completely and utterly useless.

Current Supercharger Locations (click to enlarge)

Current Supercharger Locations (click to enlarge)