SU­PER CHARG­ING

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Wha­tuses your foot to start, gets to 60mph in 4.2 sec­onds and re­quires no gas to get around? This should be an easy one... The Tesla Model S. Tesla Mo­tors ex­pands its prom­ise by adding ad­di­tional Model S Su­per­charg­ing sta­tions in Florida. A sedan from a Cal­i­for­nia based com­pany keep­ing prom­ises and chang­ing the way we think about au­to­mo­tive travel. I don’t need to get into the many awards and praises re­ceived from not only jour­nal­ist world­wide, but own­ers as well. Be­ing the world’s first mass pro­duced elec­tric ve­hi­cle, the Model S catches the eye of many. Be­ing the sec­ond model from Tesla Mo­tors, the Model S is the world’s first pre­mium sedan con­structed from the ground up as an elec­tric ve­hi­cle and has been en­gi­neered to el­e­vate the pub­lic’s ex­pec­ta­tions of what a pre­mium sedan can be. Get the idea? At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla pow­er­train, im­proved from the Tesla Road­ster. The pow­er­train was de­vel­oped to de­liver both ex­cep­tional range and a thrilling driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The Model S of­fers the re­spon­sive­ness and agility ex­pected from the world’s best sports cars and at the same time pro­vid­ing ride qual­ity of a lux­ury per­for­mance sedan. The com­pany started back in 2003 with a con­cept, seen im­pos­si­ble by most to re-think what is not just pos­si­ble, but en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. As com­pared with com­bus­tion en­gines, one of the chal­lenges the Model S faced was range. Sit­ting be­neath the floor­board for a lower cen­ter of grav­ity, Tesla Mo­tors de­vel­oped the most en­ergy-dense bat­tery pack in the in­dus­try with best-in­class aero­dy­nam­ics for a sedan. Giv­ing the Model S an EPA rated range of 265-miles—the long­est range of any pro­duc­tion elec­tric ve­hi­cle in the world; pro­duc­ing an im­pres­sive 443 pound-feet of in­stant torque, pro­pel­ling the Model S Per­for­mance to 60 in as lit­tle as 4.2 sec­onds, with the base model get­ting to 60 in 5.4 sec­onds. If you have been us­ing a cell phone in the past 5 years, you can drive this car. The touch screen is very large com­ing in at 17 inches; the menus are easy to see and pro­vides lot of de­tails about ve­hi­cle fea­tures and op­er­a­tions. Tesla Mo­tors con­tin­ues to de­liver with the launch of two more new Model S Su­per­charger sta­tions on the south­west coast of Florida. Tesla in­vited lo­cal Model S own­ers to the grand open­ing, pro­vid­ing food, ve­hi­cle charg­ing, up­dates and in­for­ma­tive de­tails. One of the new Su­per­charg­ing sta­tions lo­cated at the Gulf Coast Town Cen­ter Mall in Fort My­ers, the other in Port St. Lucie, not too far from a won­der­ful golf course. All are very close to many ameni­ties to make ei­ther your visit or daily trav­els a breeze. The other Su­per­charger sta­tions are lo­cated in Mi­ami, Tampa, Day­tona Beach, and Or­lando.

These Su­per­charger sta­tions al­low Model S own­ers to travel free of charge in the state of Florida and soon from state to state as Tesla in­stalls more Su­per­charger sta­tions through­out the coun­try. All sta­tions are lo­cated near many con­ve­nient ameni­ties; be­ing strate­gi­cally placed to per­mit own­ers the abil­ity to drive from sta­tion to sta­tion with min­i­mal stops. The Su­per­charger sta­tions are sub­stan­tially more pow­er­ful than any tech­nol­ogy to date, pro­vid­ing up to 120 kilo­watts of power. This will al­low Model S own­ers to charge their ve­hi­cles in 20 min­utes to half ca­pac­ity or about 150 miles of range. Tesla fast-charg­ing sta­tions will be about 100 to 120 miles apart. Lo­cated within ma­jor metropoli­tan ar­eas and Tesla Mo­tors aim is to have more of these sta­tions on a na­tional level within the next few years. What does this mean? For one you can use your Model S for more long dis­tance des­ig­na­tions with­out stay­ing close to home for recharg­ing. Sec­ond, own­ers now have the abil­ity to use it for daily com­mut­ing in their lo­cal com­mu­nity. Drive to a lo­ca­tion, do some shop­ping and be­fore you’re done your ve­hi­cle has added range. It cost you noth­ing to drive it! No gas, no oil changes and tons of space. It’s just an amaz­ing car… At the time of this ar­ti­cle, Tesla demon­strated a “quick bat­tery change” op­tion. This op­tion al­lows a Model S owner to pull up to a des­ig­nated lo­ca­tion and re­ceive a com­plete bat­tery change in less than 2 min­utes. This demo was to in­di­cate the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ease of use of the Tesla Model S. As bat­tery tech­nol­ogy gets bet­ter, it may be pos­si­ble to pro­vide cur­rent own­ers a higher ca­pac­ity bat­tery for in­creased range. The same as what you would do to in­crease the talk time on your cell phone. Later this year Tesla Mo­tors will be pro­mot­ing a pre-re­lease of the Model X. The Model X is an all-wheel drive fam­ily cross­over com­pletely de­signed for the SUV seg­ment. Ex­pected to have the same range as the Model S, but at a much more com­pet­i­tive price this SUV is de­signed with what Tesla calls “Fal­con” doors for rear pas­sen­ger en­try and exit and seats 7 adults with the ca­pac­ity to hold a full as­sort­ment of lug­gage or gro­ceries. An­tic­i­pated to have the same range and re­spon­sive­ness as the Model S and ac­cel­er­a­tion un­der 5 sec­onds, cou­pled with Su­per­charg­ing sta­tions makes this the next fam­ily SUV. Tesla Mo­tors has come a long way since the Road­ster and has shown a com­mit­ment to its own­ers and in­ter­ested par­ties. Tesla Mo­tors has taken a con­cept and has brought it through to completion, by fully un­der­stand­ing and lis­ten­ing to its buy­ers and com­mon every­day is­sues. Tesla Mo­tors cre­ates ve­hi­cles that are not only lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed, roomy and fast but is as easy to use as your cell phone or iPad. And now you can drive around with­out spend­ing a penny on gas, a truly 21st cen­tury for­ward think­ing tech­nol­ogy. For most driv­ers ac­cus­tomed to hear­ing ex­haust notes, en­gine revs and con­duct­ing fluid changes, this will be a sig­nif­i­cant change, but once you test this car or the new cross­over, it will rev­o­lu­tion­ize the way you think about au­to­mo­tive travel. The range ques­tion has been an­swered.

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