Tesla Motors unveiled the first six charging stations of its revolutionary Supercharger network. Located in California, Nevada and Arizona, they will use solar power to charge Tesla vehicles, with excess electricity being transferred to the local grid.

By next year, the company plans to install Superchargers in high-traffic corridors across the continental United States, enabling fast, purely electric travel from Vancouver to San Diego, Miami to Montreal and Los Angeles to New York. Tesla will also begin installing Superchargers in Europe and Asia in the second half of 2013.

A Supercharger will provide almost 100 kilowatts of power to the Model S in about 30 minutes, allowing three hours of driving at 60 mph (96 km/h).

Right now, only the Model S has the required technology to use this charging system. Hopefully, other manufacturers will soon catch up and make their own electric cars compatible.

Tesla unveils solar-powered Supercharger stations in the U.S.
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By Auto123.com