Driving cross-country just got a whole lot easier for some Tesla owners.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter early Sunday to announce that his company’s network of Supercharger quick-charging stations has expanded coast to coast in the United States. This means Tesla Model S owners can now travel from New York City to Los Angeles for free, since the company doesn't charge its customers for the electricity used to recharge their vehicles at these stations.
Currently, Tesla's Supercharger network is geographically accessible to 80 percent of the U.S. population, though the company says it hopes to expand its network of Supercharger stations -- which can fully charge the car's battery in 75 minutes -- to 98 percent of the population by 2015.
In 2012, there were only six Supercharger stations located in California. Today, Tesla reports that it has 71 stations located throughout the country. (The stations are only compatible with specifically equipped Tesla Model S sedans.)
At least one Tesla Model S owner has taken advantage of the expanded Supercharger network. Wired reports that Model S owner John Glenney left New York on Jan. 20 with his daughter Jill as his co-pilot. The duo arrived in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. Stopping to recharge at 28 Supercharger stations, the two put 3,619 miles on the Tesla during the journey.
It looks like Musk is also going to be doing some traveling in the near future. Shortly after his announcement of the coast-to-coast network, the CEO tweeted that he and his family will make the cross-country trip during spring break.
Will be doing the LA-NY family road trip over Spring Break. Made everyone watch National Lampoon's Vacation as prep.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 26, 2014