Tesla Motors announced on Wednesday the opening of the West Coast Supercharger Corridor. This is a continuous string of Supercharger stations from San Diego to the Canadian border, with enough stations in-between allowing Tesla Model S owners to drive freely from Baja California to British Columbia. By the end of the Fall 2013, that corridor is supposed to reach Phoenix and Reno (Lake Tahoe) as well.
The Supercharger stations are along the major highways along the West Coast, US 101 and I-5. Cities covered by the corridor include San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.
The density of these Supercharger stations mean 99 percent of Californians and 87 percent of Oregon and Washington Model S owners are within 200 miles of a Supercharger station.
The Tesla Supercharger system makes the Model S the first electric car that can credibly be used to drive a proper road trip. The kind where you drive, stop for a few minutes to refuel, drive some more, repeating that all day. The 85 kilowatt-hour Model S has an EPA certified 265 mile electric driving range, and at a Supercharger station it can recharge in under an hour.
The charging rate required, which Tesla is upgrading to 120 kilowatts, is 20 times the charge rate of typical level 2 charging stations.
On Wednesday, two Model S's embarked on a 1700 mile journey from San Diego to Vancouver powered solely by Supercharger stations. They'll be stopping at several places along the way. Thursday morning they'll be in San Francisco at Crissy Field, and by Sunday November 3 they'll be in Seattle. Along the way they'll hold ribbon cutting ceremonies at Corning, CA, Mt. Shasta, CA, Grants Pass, OR, and Springfield, OR.