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supercharger network

A network of 480-volt fast charging Tesla supercharger stations located along high traffic corridors across North America that facilitate the Model S sedans to make long distance trips. In June 2013, all supercharger stations were renamed to Tesla stations. Each Tesla station is equipped to support under-two-minute battery pack swaps for the Tesla Model S, and for all future Tesla models.

The supercharger is a proprietary DC rapid-charging technology that provides almost 100 kW of power, giving the 85 kWh version of the Model S an additional 150 miles (240 kilometers) of range in about 30 minutes. The supercharger cannot fully charge the battery in 1 hour due to current limitations with lithium ion battery technology. The electricity used by the supercharger in the West Coast corridor comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, and eventually, all of the supercharger stations will be supplied by solar power. The Tesla supercharger network is exclusive to appropriately equipped Model S sedans, which are engineered to accept Tesla's specific form of rapid electricity transfer. Supercharging hardware is standard on Model S vehicles equipped with an 85 kWh battery and optional on Model S vehicles equipped with a 60 kWh battery.

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