The argument can now be made that Tesla Motors has come up with a sleeker alternative to the Amtrak lines that run along the Eastern Seaboard. The California-based electric vehicle company has installed the first East Coast fast-charging stations, allowing Model S owners to make the 450-mile trek between Boston and Washington DC without worrying about having sufficient juice.
Last week, Tesla added two fast-charging stations: one in Wilmington, DE, which is about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia, and the other in Milford, CT, which is slightly southwest of the halfway point between New York City and Boston, the New York Times reports. Both 480-volt stations are at rest stops along I-95.
Granted, only Tesla Model S owners will be able to celebrate, as the stations are built specifically for those vehicles and can't be used for, say, a Nissan Leaf or even a Tesla Roadster. That said, the stations can add 150 miles or range, or more than half the 265-mile single-charge range of a Model S with an 85-kw battery pack, in about 30 minutes. That's just enough time to knock down a waffle sundae from Friendly's, actually.
In October, Tesla had its official "Supercharging Day," in which the company opened its first six fast chargers in the Western US. The complete package stations come with solar panels to power the cars, and cost around $250,000 to install. Model S drivers can charge their vehicles for free.