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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Will Drive Electric Model S From LA To NY

The problem with battery electric cars is that you can’t take them on long trips, because they take so long to recharge.

Or so goes the common wisdom, anyhow.

Would a trip from Los Angeles to New York City in an electric car perhaps refute that statement?

That’s the idea discussed by CEO Elon Musk at Tuesday’s annual shareholder meeting of Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA].

Musk is planning to take a “personal road trip” from one coast to the other in a Tesla Model S, using the company’s network of Supercharger quick-charging stations to recharge the battery en route.

The trip is, in part, a publicity stunt to demonstrate that Tesla’s electric cars can in fact cover distances longer than their208-mile and 265-mile rated ranges.

Today, the Supercharger system will recharge a Tesla Model S battery to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes.

A charging station upgrade to 120 kilowatts will cut that to about 20 minutes, which Musk said is the length of an average rest stop in a gasoline car.

Today, there are less than a dozen Supercharger stations, but Tesla has ambitious plans to expand its network.

By 2015, it says, it will have hundreds of Supercharger locations, totaling 2,000 to 3,000 individual charging ports.

Among the earlier installations will be a handful of coast-to-coast Interstate corridors.



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