Tesla Quickly Completing Coast-to-Coast US Electric Supercharger Highway (UPDATE)

JAN 13 2014 BY MARK HOVIS 50

InsideEVs recently reported how Tesla Superchargers are coming online at a rate of nearly 4 per week. Tesla’ currently has 71 US Superchargers online with 22 more sites listed as “coming soon” by Tesla. Of those 22 future stations, we are closely watching the following ten.

UPDATE: More Superchargers reported coming online by Tesla.

teslawiki focuses on future Super Chargers

teslawiki focuses on future Superchargers

  • Hagerstown, MD ONLINE
  • Cranberry, PA
  • Macedonia, OH ONLINE
  • Maumee, OH    ONLINE
  • Madison, WI     ONLINE
  • Albert Lea, MN ONLINE
  • Cheyenne, WY  ONLINE
  • Blanding, UT     ONLINE
  • Moab, UT          ONLINE
  • Kingman,  AZ    ONLINE

These ten Superchargers are marked as under construction and will make history by completing a free coast-to-coast electric highway for Tesla travelers. Technically it probably can be called after Kingman, AZ and Cheyenne, WY. Bottom line, it is getting ready to happen and transportation will never be same.

Teslawiki highlights the chargers under construction here.

With Savannah, GA and Lumberton, NC now online, the east coast Tesla electric highway is now possible from Miami to Boston, though some additional chargers are still being added . One can already travel from Seattle to San Diego on the Tesla Supercharger network.

These are major milestones accomplished by a single US auto company, while governments and other established manufactures are yet to produce such a plan. So, how has Tesla funded this network?

Tesla has built $2,000 into the price of each Model S to support the Supercharger network. With the 20,000+ Model S EVs already sold in the US, Tesla currently has forty million dollars allocated to rapidly expand the Super Charging network. For $2,000, each Model S owner has lifelong unlimited access to this growing network.

Try to imagine what it would take to replicate such an offering with gasoline? The genius of the Tesla’s Supercharger network was recently voted AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award.

Many who oppose electric vehicles have argued that the source of electricity is dirty due to its dependence on fossil fuels used in generation. For more on environmental issues as they relate to EVs click here.

Tesla’s next move is to begin outfitting the charging network with solar canopies or other solar methods to offset the energy used to power this brave new mode of transportation, which will end the argument of who is winning the zero emissions race.

What will that look like? It’ll look like this now classic clip:

Gallons of Light

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Coolest thing ever!

They can do it already in a P85 as long as they stay at 60mph on a couple of legs. I suppose they want it more fully complete so that the P60 owners can come along on their publicity tour!

….or for the weather to get a little better…

Flagstaff-Barstow in one charge?? Maybe at ~45mph… with a 50mph tail wind.

Oh goodies, soon the cross-country videos will be coming.


With the exception of Texas, that is starting to look like a blue/red voting map. And that is not mere coincidence.

The urban centers of the Texas triangle are pretty purple/blue. 🙂

Sheesh, do people have to insert politics into EVERYTHING???

Nah, this is a valid observation. But I will only bother to bring it up with my angry fanatical friends, and only when they vocally demonstrate their absurdly polarized attitude.

I mean, I don’t get bothered when someone points out how smart conservatives are in some particular way. In fact, I fall on my knees and thank the Almighty that good things still happen.

Progress vs Wild West

Not really, I would not consider South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming blue states. Also, in proportion to its population, Texas doesn’t really have a lot of stations.

Wish I could afford the Tesla. One of the guys at me work has one. His wife is a doctor. If only I was younger and better looking

Tesla has in the past publicly issued an open invitation to other car makers to set up access to their Supercharger network for other cars besides Tesla’s, if the other car makers were willing to help build out the Supercharger network.

Any company with plans for any 200+ mile range BEV would be fools if they aren’t already in negotiations with Tesla to make this happen. The tipping point is quickly approaching where Tesla will have already built out the majority of the network, making it way too late for late-comers to join the party.

While all the rest of the car companies waste time bickering about more standards, Tesla is setting the standard and leaving everyone else behind.

Frankly, Tesla would be stupid to allow their competitors access to the SC network. It’s an early advantage and giving access to their competitors totally blunts this unique advantage. Any automaker could build out a network but it will take at least a year to get close to where Tesla is. That is a year that puts Tesla closer to Model E production. I’m pretty sure the earlier offer was made with the expectation that no one would take them up on it. We don’t know their terms but I’m also sure they aren’t particularly generous thus ensuring no one takes the offer.

The “network wars” aren’t helping anyone.

The network war has one non-combatant; Frankenplug.

Well, unless press releases is how you win the war.

If I were Tesla … tomorrow at the press conference would be the perfect time to announce that a Tesla had completed a coast-to-coast trip using superchargering network. Surprise!

Using the Model X that was most recently seen and snapped a pic of “In the wild”.

See my comment near the bottom of the page at http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-live-at-the-2014-detroit-auto-show/ speculating that, that is exactly what’s gonna happen.

Atlanta is getting no love. I live in Atlanta and I see Teslas often. By city Atlanta is ranked 5th in EV sales and 2nd in sales of the Leaf. Also checking population rankings of metropolitan areas Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Roswell comes in at #9. Not until you get down to Kansas City #30 and Indianapolis #33 do you find a city that is out of range of the network? What gives?

Actually Indianapolis is within the network range.

I’ve been thinking about Atlanta and my take is that one SC on i20, just west of Augusta. Ga would connect to Atalanta to the i95 heading north and one just northwest o Macon, GA would connect to the i95 heading south as well as the intersection of i75 and i10. One at the intersection of i10 and i75 would then enable travel from Atlanta to Tampa and Orlando. From Tesla’s SC map, all of that and more is planned by the end of 2014 so who knows, in the next couple of months a lot could happen.

Atlanta will get a Macon Supercharger in Q1. I suspect one on the way to Charlotte is in the works sooner rather than later also.

Blanding, Madison, and Maumee were just listed and shown on the Tesla SC map as operational within the past couple of hours. The critical ones remaining are Las Vegas, Kingman, Cheyenne, Albert Lea, and Macedonia. Holbrook, Hagerstown and Moab fall into the ‘nice to have’ category, but aren’t absolutely essential for the coast to coast trip (in an 85).

The way I see it, there are no show stoppers as of now with Cheyenne, Albert Lea, Macedonia and either Kingman or Vegas falling into the nice to have category as well even though they do intersect the widest remaining gaps.

Not sure I understand your reasoning -here’s the shortest distances between the missing SCs:

LA – Quartzsite, 244 miles.

Quartzsite – Flagstaff, 245 miles.

Silverthorne – Lusk, 301 miles.

Worthington – Onalaska, 239 miles.

Maumee – Somerset, 293 miles.

Considering that Musk will have a fully loaded car, that much of the trip involves major climbs and he’ll be making the trip in March or April without the ability to cherry pick conditions, there’s no way in hell he can do this ‘only using SCs’ as he says he intends to, without the SCs I mentioned. If what he means is “plus overnight charging” then yeah, he’s probably good to go.

Musk has GOT to be driving GM, Ford, and all oil companies absolutely crazy! Elon’s our new entrepreneurial hero!

I’m sure there was a day that at least GM thought they could run the show through press release and cozy politician deals. They pulled one in California by making the Franken-stations part of the NRG deal.

That way, folks could charge up all those GM and German auto maker EV’s with a DC quick charge capability.

The tally in the USA as Jan 1, 2014:



GM, Ford, Fiat/Chrysler – zero cars with Frankenplug, a couple thousand total EV sales

German auto manufacturers – zero cars with Frankenplug, no EV sales except for BMW demonstrator lease-only projects, all to be crushed at the end.

About 6 total Frankenplug public charge stations, located in California and Arizona, and without exception, all have an accompanying CHAdeMO station with them.

Moribund, virtually Dead-On-Arrival.



Tesla – 20,000 cars, over 300 DC charge stations, all stand-alone (no competing types associated with the installations).

Growing like weeds.



Nissan – 45,000 cars, well over 300 charge stations.

Worldwide, exactly the same plug, growing at several PER DAY. Over 100,000 cars on three continents can use about 4000 stations.

So, 20,000 Model S’s need to get a $1000 adapter (or $2400 if they aren’t supercharger enabled) to use the 300 CHAdeMO chargers, or else they can’t make use of that network. 45,000 Leaf’s can’t use the 300 supercharging stations. That kind of sucks.

Nissan – 45 kW CHAdeMO, mostly in intra-city locations and a few highway installs on the west coast. Most of the rest are at Nissan dealerships, not exactly positioned for inter-city travel. Nissan only recommends a limit of a single DC quick charge per day. As a result, the CHAdeMO network is far less useful.

Tesla can use J1772’s for multi-hour charging (like at hotels) which are far more plentiful than CHAdeMO. Plus, Superchargers are located along inter-city travel routes. Further, at 90+ kW, there is enough electricity transfer rate to have a reasonable long distance cadence. You do not get that with any CHAdeMO network today.

There are way more than “a few highway installs” on the west coast, particularly in Washington and Oregon. On I-5 in Oregon it seems they are every 25-50 miles. From Portland, popular destinations are the coast, Mt. Hood and the Gorge. In between my home and the coast there are a few L3 stations on the (82 mile) route. There are at least 6 L3 along the Northern/Central Oregon coastline. There are a few L3 in between here and Bend. They just added a couple of L3 on Mt. Hood. There are L3 along the Gorge in the Cascade Locks, Hood River and the Dalles. Stray away from these areas and they are much more sparse. For me, it would be nice if the density continued through Eastern Washington into Western MT, as well as having a few more along I-5 in Northern CA.

It would also be nice if Tesla owners could use CHAdeMO without spending so much of an adapter, and likewise the Nissan owners to be use the Superchargers for a fee.

Look at the cost of 50 kW CHAdeMO installations and then the fact you have to space them every 40-50 miles or so (proper spacing is charging to 2/3’s or 3/4 full and then moving on), Nissan is doing this wrong. The actual charge rate is usually 45 kW. Think of the cadence required to go 300 miles on 50 kW CHAdeMO. Given that Nissan really doesn’t recommend back to back quick charges, you can’t really go more than 140 miles.

J1772 80A is roughly 19 kW at one tenth the install cost. That’s far more useful to a wider variety of EVs. A hotel can put in 1 DC QC or 10 J1772 80A. Either put in 90 kW CHAdeMO, or don’t bother. Tesla can put in 120 kW Superchargers at 110-125 miles apart and blanket most of the main travel routes in the country.

That may be true, not sure, but that is not the point of the comment. The main point to the comment you are replying to is that your earlier description that CHAdeMO has “..a few highway installs on the west coast” is way off. A few means 3:) If you take the # within Oregon, subtract the Portland city limits, there at least 40. That’s not even counting Washington which definitely has more than a few as well.

I’m not trying to give you a hard time. I just read that first sentence and it seemed way off, so it made me wonder about the rest of the facts you are using (which could very well all be right).

I-5 is well covered in that area. However, it’s still accurate to say a few highway installs because of the shear amount of coverage required to move about the country. You literally have to install 3 x 45 kW CHAdeMO chargers per 120 kW Tesla Supercharger to cover the same distance. So if you look at highway coverage, it’s pretty much Oregon and Washington state. You can’t drive between SF and LA. You can’t drive between Oregon and SF.

The vast majority of CHAdeMO installs are designed for intra-city use. Most Tesla vehicle just don’t need L3 charging within a city.

I wonder when we can expect the ALCAN to come into the network?

Nice! Time for Elon to repeat history in a demonstration:


Would be nice to see Tesla putting the same effort in Europe with 67 SC rather than a couple of handfuls they have now. Pretty pathetic.

Uh… what is the “classic clip” referenced in the last sentence of the article? I don’t see anything, there is just an ad at the end of the article.


Not a good thing for Tesla, but at least they are being proactive about taking care of the problem. Wish that the Tesla Superchargers could also be used with the Nissan LEAF, it would make the range of the LEAF much greater.