Tesla Charges Up 3 More US Superchargers – Including New Mexico’s First Supercharger

JAN 8 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 10

Tesla Motors is pushing it into overdrive now it seems.

In the last couple of days, the following Supercharger sites have come online:

  • Gallup, New Mexico – 4 Stalls
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Madison, Wisconsin

Both the Grand Junction site and the Madison site are not yet listed on Tesla’s map, but both are confirmed to be operational, so we expect to see Tesla add them to the map soon.

Once added, the running tally of Tesla Superchargers in the US will be at 56, though we’re certain that number will rise again in the next day or two.

Tesla Supercharger Map

Tesla Supercharger Map

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Very cool!

Any news on the Tesla staff meeting that took place yesterday?

Hopefully the Gallup one is not the false alarm it was a few weeks ago…

Not sure whether it was mentioned in previous articles: East Greenwich, RI (first in that state) is also open. Northern most in the East Coast corridor.
(It’s one of the 54 listed on Tesla’s website, so the count doesn’t change).

What I find odd about Tesla’s Supercharger map is that it appears that you are fully covered in a drive from LA to Detroit. But if you look at the distances between the Supercharger near Gallup, NM to the ones in Colorado they’re well over 400 miles away from Gallup. Likewise, the Wyoming Supercharger is over 300 miles away from the Colorado Superchargers. I suppose I’m mis-interpreting the Supercharger ‘circles’, but the map makes it look like a corridor from LA to Detroit is in place when in fact you can’t yet take this trip in a Model S just via Superchargers.

You are correct. The green circles around the red dots should get a darker shade of green when there is an overlap between red dots. If the darker green shade exists between red dots the Model S full battery range will cover it.

NPNS!
Volt#671

http://www.teslawiki.net/supercharger/ has been mentioned almost every time a post goes up announcing new SC stations. If you go to that web page and set the “Range” slider to half of the expected range, the resulting circles will give a rough idea of locations you can get to and back from a given supercharger. If two circles touch or overlap, that is a good indication that it might be possible to make a trip from one SC to the next. Using that logic you will see that several of the stations that show as under construction will have to be completed before the proposed cross country trip can be anxiety free.

For example this resources shows that as soon as the SCs near Cheyenne and Albert Lea are completed, it should be possible to drive a Model S from Denver to Detroit without suffering range anxiety (given decent weather). Also with a little anxiety setting in between St Augustine, FL and Santee, SC, it should be possible to drive from Miami to Boston, again weather permitting.

I gotta say, I didn’t understand the supercharger concept at first. But now I realize that it is genius. The only problem is that it is heavily dependent on the cars having really big batteries and that limits their sales potential since the cars are so expensive.

But the basic concept is this .. . build cars with big batteries which are charged at home. 99% of the time, the drivers will only charge at home, at work, or at conventional public chargers. But for those long trips, a few high-speed chargers strategically placed allow the car to go anywhere as long as you put up with 1hour charging breaks .. . which is fine because people need to eat & sleep. So even though Tesla has a proprietary system, they only need to build very few superchargers because they are rarely ever used.

If the price of batteries come down, Tesla really has a winning system with the proprietary supercharger system. I originally thought that going with a proprietary system was an incredibly stupid move. But they might be able to make it work.

They just need a few more in Penn, Ohio, Nevada, and Utah . . . and then they will have a nice east to west coast path.

It’s, (the supercharger system) part of what you pay for when you buy a tesla.
Exclusive charging rites. Besides to work with other cars there might be all sorts of problems, and liabilities. For instance I don’t think you can even charge roadsters with them, though I thought I read something about an adapter coming for that. My guess is that tesla never considered anything, at least seriously, besides their own proprietary system.
So tesla owners after their initial, lets go on a roadtrip bug, has been satisfied, will probably fall back into their normal routine and rarely use them, as suggested above.
Also it is another way to get free advertising. The Elon Musk and family trip across America is just, to be blunt, a marketing ploy. While we hang on every updated map, and speculate about where the next sc will be located, and videos come out by those laying in the weeds, to vid them.
Terrific use and understanding of human psychology and the new media.

They need to keep a pace of 10 superchargers/month in the US to be able to build all the ones that are on the map for 2014. It seems like they are sprinting now to get the corridor open connecting east and west.
I’m guessing the pace will be more steady once they are done with that one. After that I hope they do a similar sprint in Europe to increase the grid.