By the Tesla Motors Team and Blog
In Hamilton, New Jersey, Tesla Motors cut the ribbon on their 100th Supercharger station. A crowd of more than 100 people, including New Jersey state legislators, Tesla executives, and supporters, marked the milestone moment in the sunshine at the location next to a popular shopping center.
“What a great turn out!”, New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace told the crowd of more than 100 people. “We are zealots for electric cars, and we welcome and thank you for being here.”
James Chen, Tesla’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, said that electric vehicles and Superchargers are about alleviating the world’s addiction to oil. “What we are really doing here today is getting to our core mission of catalyzing the electric vehicle industry,” Chen said.
At a Supercharger, a Model S can get half a charge in as little as 20 minutes, allowing for long-distance travel without having to pay a cent for gas (or, now that we mention it, electricity). By charging only at Superchargers, Model S owners can drive for free, forever.
Tesla has now opened 86 Supercharger stations in North America, 14 in Europe, and we energized the first ones in China just this week. These numbers are growing rapidly as we fill out electric highways around the world. Model S owners can find directions to Superchargers on their cars’ 17-inch touchscreens. Meanwhile, we’re building a network that will ultimately mean drivers will never be more than 100 miles from a Supercharger. By the end of next year, we’ll have 98 percent of the U.S. population covered.