Tesla’s Supercharger network delivered more than one gigawatt hour of energy to its electric-powered Model S cars in June, a single month milestone that saved the United States 168,000 gallons of gasoline, the company announced on its web site.
“That’s like driving to the moon and back seven and a half times, and nixing a day’s worth of CO2 from 73,684 Americans,” Tesla said in a corporate blog post. “Tesla’s Supercharger network is now the largest fast-charging network on the planet. It’s also the world’s fastest-growing charging network.”
Tesla, founded by the seemingly irrepressible Elon Musk, recently made headlines by announcing it would give away its technology patents, saying the open source manufacturing model would spur development of the nascent electric car industry and help the world move away from planet warming fossil fuels.
“We really need to do something,” Musk said in a recent conference call, according to Bloomberg. “It would be shortsighted if we try to hold these things close to our vest.”
Tesla is also in the hunt for a site to build a massive $5 billion battery factory in the U.S. so it can pare costs. Tesla’s batteries allow its car to zoom about at high speeds but the battery packs are a huge cost for the manufacturer.
Tesla’s Fast Growing Network
At the charging stations, Tesla car owners can get half a charge in 20 minutes, for free. Some of the stations are powered by solar panels.
Owners can now drive from Los Angeles to New York or motor up and down the east and west coasts — without ever visiting a gas station. “By the end of next year, 98 percent of the U.S. population will be within 100 miles of a Supercharger,” Tesla said.
The company is also expanding the network in Europe and Asia. “Last week alone, we opened eight new Supercharging sites in Europe, bringing the total number of stations on the continent to 32. We unveiled China’s first Superchargers in June and more are coming soon.”
To date, Tesla’s network has powered 24.7 million miles of driving, saving 1.1 million gallons of gasoline.