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Tesla announces major expansion of Supercharger network

by Drew Johnson

Tesla is aiming to have most of North America covered by its Supercharger stations by 2014.

Tesla, maker of the battery-powered Model S sedan, announced plans on Thursday to significantly expand its network of Supercharger stations.

Launched in late 2012 in California, Tesla's network of Supercharger stations are capable of charging the Model S' battery pack in about 20-30 minutes. Strategically located along major thoroughfares, the Supercharger stations are intended to help Model S owners cover long distances without the worry of range anxiety.

Until now, Tesla's Superchargers were limited to California, Nevada and around the Washington D.C. area, but that will change by the end of June. Tesla says it has plans to triple the number of Superchargers in its network and expand into Washington state, Oregon, Texas, Illinois and Colorado. Tesla will also establish Superchargers in Canada.

By the start of next year, Tesla plans to have Superchargers across most of the United States, including expansion into Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and parts of the Midwest. The electric vehicle maker will also add additional stations in Texas and Canada.

Tesla says within six-months it will be possible to drive a Model S from Los Angeles to New York using the company's Supercharger network.

Within the next 12-months, Tesla plans to have enough Superchargers to cover almost the entire population of the United States and Canada, making it possible to complete road trips from Vancouver to San Diego or Montreal to Miami in a Model S.

As with Tesla's current network of Superchargers, it will be completely free to "fill up” at the new stations.

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