Tesla Completes U.S. Central Passage Supercharger Route

APR 17 2015 BY MARK HOVIS 46

Central Passage

Central Passage completed through gateway Missouri

When I'm drivin' free, the world's my home

When I’m drivin’ free, the world’s my home

With the opening of the 183rd North American supercharger station located on 1981 Zumbehl Rd St. Charles, Missouri, there is now a new U.S. central passage available to Tesla owners. Though a 214 mile leg still remains between St. Charles and Independence, Missouri, this is more than achievable for all 85kWh Model S configurations.

Expect a Spring run from an aspiring Model S owner to carve their name in the cross country EV record books if only for awhile.

Also noteworthy is the opening of U.S. supercharger station in Mobile, Alabama now connecting Texas to the east coast.

The Tesla supercharger network continues to expand in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. By the time the Model X arrives in late 2015, there are certainly going to be many mobile opportunities along the Tesla electric highway.

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Awesome, happy birthday to me! Now there are chargers on I 40 through Amarillo, my childhood town!

Who would like to take a road trip and make a movie?

So, for you a “road trip” is a drive on an Interstate freeway? Okay, then.


This and having the converter for the general slow public chargers (L1 & L2) makes EV driving less anxious. With more on the way, this will only improve things.

North Dakota and Arkansas looks naked though…..lol

As well as Mississippi…

I’ve suggested Shreveport, LA to connect Dallas to Atlanta via Jackson (planned) and Birminham.

An overlay of the SuperCharger network on a map of states supporting Tesla sales could prove enlightening.

Wonder at what point some states lacking coverage (eg: west-Texas) will realize they are missing out on many great tourist opportunities? So many great destinations, but without electric highways, they’ll get by-passed, just like some cities missed the interstate highway buildout in 1960’s & 1970’s. And … the Supercharge highway doesn’t require taxes, or public funds … you’d think a politicians dream come true?

“An overlay of the SuperCharger network on a map of states supporting Tesla sales could prove enlightening. ”
Highly unlikely that Tesla will punish Tesla drivers by avoiding placing SC stations on a commonly-traveled route just because the state it goes through is inimical to the direct-sales model. That would be downright silly. In any case, I’m pretty the franchise-only laws’ days are numbered… Additional manufacturers will jump onboard (not just EV brands), as will many Tesla customers once the Model 3 is out, counteracting counteracting the dealers’ influence.

Cool. A Supercharging station in Syracuse, NY is imminent as well, though unrelated to this passage.

The Syracuse Supercharger just opened.

Looks like one is planned for Binghamton and another for Scranton. Makes my vacation from Philly to the thousand islands easy. Now I just need a tesla.

Oh did it? Nice! I’ll have to go check it out in person.

Roughly 10 miles east of buffalo in Clarence, New York there’s an orange dot. I wonder if that means “Planned”, or, “Finalized”.

“Though a 214 mile leg still remains between St. Charles and Independence, Missouri, this is more than achievable for all 85kWh Model S configurations.”
Maybe not in the middle of winter w/the heat cranked. I’m sure another station will be installed near Columbia.

Now.. about Michigan….:/

And this is only if your battery is 100% full at one supercharger, which don’t happen often as the least percent are slow to charge.

This is like doing Montreal-Ny : no problem to make it from Montreal to Albany supercharger, but the other way is much harder.

Tesla recently updated their Supercharger page and now have two in Michigan “Opening soon”. Probably a few months away, but still some progress!

Nice! Doesn’t look like they got the permitting done yet according to http://supercharge.info/

LOL, so the 2 stations there were “Opening Soon” in Michigan have now disapeared.

Annnnnd now they’re back.

Nice. However, I don’t understand why they don’t have I-80 covered from coast to coast. That is quite a popular route.

Tesla has I-90 and I-70 mostly covered. They should do more north-south routes (including Michigan!) before offering an I-80 option.


Like I-35. But they do have some of it covered now.

I guess they are still putting them in places where MS are sold from most to least?

BTW . . . this right here is why the Model 3 will probably trounce the Chevy Bolt even if the Bolt is a great car. If the Model 3 can access superchargers (even if you have to pay per charge), that will be a HUGE advantage over the Bolt. The Model 3 comes with a pre-built HIGH-SPEED charging infrastructure ready for usage.

I may lease a Bolt for 3 years. By the time my lease is up, the Model 3 might be available. 🙂

Ouch. lol.

Hopefully it will be available sooner than that!

Ouch indeed. Well, you might be right. Who knows.

But I do tend to think that Tesla won’t have much of a choice but to get the Model 3 out the door at least somewhat on time because they can’t afford to get the Gigafactory up and running but only have the very expensive Model S & Model X using its batteries.

Tesla has already teased its home energy storage battery pack. If that sells well, then there won’t be any excess capacity from the Gigafactory, even if the Model ≡ is late… which it almost certainly will be. Elon Musk is the perfectionist’s perfectionist!

Not that Tesla has cornered the market on EVs being marketed latter than planned, by any means. I wonder what the percentage is of new EV models that were -not- released later than originally touted?

That’s exactly my plan. My Volt lease is up this November so I plan to lease the 2016 Volt. Then my wife will ditch her hybrid and get the Bolt when it comes out. Then we will be covered for road trips with the Volt but have the Bolt for her long daily commutes. Then ditch the Bolt for the Model 3 when we can actually get our hands on one.

You must have a lot of spare cash sitting around.

There are now only five states left with no supercharging locations:

North Dakota

Mississippi will be getting one “soon”, according to Tesla’s map, although no location or permit has been spotted yet. By the end of this year Maine will have several.

It’ll be 2016 before those last three states get supercharging. Then Tesla just needs to get Alaska and Hawaii in order to claim representation in all 50 states …

Sorry, correction, the “soon” location is actually in Slidell LA, not Mississippi. But 3 other location in Miss are planned for 2015.

Methinks you forgot Alaska and Hawaii.

And while states like West Virginia technically have one in their border it doesn’t seem like it when you zoom out.

We passed a red Model S with a map of the US on the side going the other direction (westbound) on interstate 70 in Colorado today. I bet it was going to take advantage of the newly opened route!

Oops- I meant the red Model S was going eastbound and our Model S was going westbound. We hit some nasty weather in Cheyenne and again near Sikverthorne and I’m a bit fried at the moment. Luckily we are at our hotel in Green River Utah so no more driving today.

Tesla really gets it when it comes to infrastructure. No one else’s efforts begin to compare. Models S and X are too large and too expensive for my needs, but I’ll be first in line for the Model III if they ever get it to production. I hope they fill the hold in west Texas/east New Mexico in the near future, but I have faith that will happen.

They’re putting in infrastructure strategically like no one else is. They have the best EVs with the most capabilities, and they have a CEO with real vision. It’s the reason I bought some of their stock: there’s more worth believing in with Tesla than there is with most other EV manufacturers.

There are between 120,000 and 170,000 gas stations in the U.S., depending on whose numbers you use. At any one of those srtations, you can download 400+ miles of range in 10 minutes, tops. We’re supposed to be excited because a company known for its $100,000+ cars for the rich now has 185 filling stations where its customers can download 200 miles of range in 30 to 45 minutes?

I am happy cause when I get my model 3 my road trips will be free!!!

Sure, but you have to drive an old fashioned, noisy, smelly, rattling ICE car. Compared to EVs, they all feel like driving a Yugo.


And how much do you have to pay for 400+ miles in fuel compared to free electricity from Superchargers?

I hate to sound preachy, but it’s time to eliminate the 20 lbs of carbon dioxide that each gallon of gas your ICE burns. You may not care about what happens to this planet and the generations of children that will follow you, but a lot of us do. Human beings have burned fossils fuels for way too long and now our children are going to have to pay a huge price in the way they have to live their lives. There is more to all of this than simply the cost of fuel and how far we can travel on it. The future of mankind is at stake and far too many people want to shrug that off and put their heads in the sand. Wake up!

Yes, CP, you SHOULD be excited. However, you have to understand the way EVs are used to understand why you should be excited.

You see EVs are NOT like gas cars. With a gas car, you CANNOT refuel at home at all. Who own’s a refinery?

But with EVs, you almost always refuel at home. 95+% of the time, you charge up while you sleep and wake up to a car that is ready to handle your daily driving needs.

On those rare occasions when you plan to travel hundreds of miles, only then do you need the supercharger network. So very few of them are needed since 95+% of the time, you are charging at home. And on those rare long trips, you can relax and enjoy a meal between your ~240 mile drives between recharges. You’ll actually be spending LESS time fueling/maintaning than you did with your gas car because 95+% of the time, you just spend 5 seconds plugging in and unplugging your car at home whereas that gas car needs to be refueled at a gas station every week, and requires oil changes, and requires smog checks, etc.

lol, West Virginia, the SuperCharger blackhole.

The map of Superchargers in the U.S. is beginning to look like one of those railroad-building game boards! I see the Great Northern route is still incomplete, and there’s a sizable hole in the region of Arkansas and Mississippi. It’s certainly understandable that the latter would not be the first States which Tesla would choose as locations for Superchargers, given the relative paucity of rich residents in those States, but people still do sometimes choose to drive across them. 🙂