(PALO ALTO, Calif.) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors announced on Thursday it is expanding its network of charging stations across the U.S. and Canada, making it possible for Tesla drivers to soon travel cross country without using a drop of gas.
By the end of next month, the company says it will triple the number of its “Supercharger” stations, with scores more planned for 2014.
“A year from now, the Tesla Supercharger network will stretch across the continent, covering almost the entire population of the U.S. and Canada. The expansion of the network will mean that Model S drivers can take the ultimate road trip — whether that’s LA to New York, Vancouver to San Diego, or Montreal to Miami — without spending a cent on fuel,” Tesla says in a press release.
In addition to the accelerated rollout of its charging stations, Tesla says it is also improving its Superchargers to cut down on the amount of time it takes to charge the Model S.
“The new technology, which is in beta test mode now and will be fully rolled out to customers this summer, will allow Model S to be charged at 120 kW, replenishing three hours of driving in just over 20 minutes,” the automaker says.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN