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Transcontinental trip in progress...

Discussion in 'TMC Connect' started by ThosEM, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. ThosEM

    ThosEM Space Weatherman

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    A father-daughter pair is making what may be the first transcontinental drive in a Model S using only Tesla supercharger (solar) power. They left before the full E-W string of superchargers was completed, but the remaining ones are coming online as they travel. They made it through the bad weather in the East and are about to enter Utah.
    http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/heading-cross-country?page=2
     
  2. thefortunes

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    #2 thefortunes, Jan 24, 2014
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    Cool trip, but not all superchargers are solar.

    Edit: I know they weren't all planned to be, I was responding to the OP's statement that they were.
     
  3. ToddRLockwood

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    They weren't planned to be. Tesla will begin installing solar arrays in areas of the country where it makes sense to do so. Eventually, the solar power produced will exceed the power consumption of the entire Supercharger network. It's like net-metering, except on a global scale.
     
  4. ThosEM

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    Elon Musk has been videotaped stating that "when you use our superchargers, you can drive forever for free on pure solar energy." He qualified the statement by noting that the supercharger network will generate more solar energy for the power grid than they distribute to cars during charging. We'll see if he can substantiate this in the long run, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
     

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