The Supercharged Corridor: Ride your Tesla (for free) from San Diego to Vancouver
Elon Musk's fanboy reputation as a real life Tony Stark may get another boost, as his company Tesla Motors (Musk is the CEO) announced on Thursday its new "Supercharger Corridor" – which will allow Tesla drivers to boot from San Diego to Vancouver, and all for free.
The company has placed "super fast electric vehicle chargers" along North America's West Coast, with stations along U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate 5, and Tesla says charging half the car's battery takes 20 minutes.
That means 40 minutes for a full charge, if your math is acceptable. The chargers are built for Tesla's Model S, which starts at $78,970 (CAD).
From the press release:
"Model S customers can drive between San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver for free with minimal stops. More than 99 percent of Californians and 87 percent of Oregon and Washington owners are now within 200 miles of a Supercharger."
The company also announced its own promotional road trip to show off its network:
"This morning (Thursday) in San Diego, two Model S will embark on a 1,750 mile #DriveFree road trip to Vancouver powered only by Tesla Superchargers. The journey will take them through Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, Mt. Shasta, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, with stops at popular destinations such as the Santa Monica pier, Monterey Bay and the world famous Pike Place Fish Market."
Tesla says it has placed its chargers in convenient – strategic – places, so S drivers can shop or eat while they wait for their car to charge.
If you're looking to follow Thursday and Friday's convoy to Canada, Tesla says it will be posting the highlights of its journey on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: