ABB_id1481
in News Departments > Products & Technology
print the content item

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Motors has unveiled its Supercharger network, a group of stations to power its Model S EV. The first six stations are located in California.

The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation, according to Tesla.

"We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight," says Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla.

Each solar power system is designed to generate more energy from the sun over the course of a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger. This results in a slight net-positive transfer of sunlight-generated power back to the electricity grid, Tesla says.

In addition to lowering the cost of electricity, this addresses a commonly held misunderstanding that charging an electric car simply pushes carbon emissions to the power plant. The Supercharger system will always generate more power from sunlight than Model S customers use for driving. By adding even a small solar system at their home, electric car owners can extend this same principle to local city driving, too, the company adds.




Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015

Surrette_id1409
Latest Top Stories

Colorado Community Solar Partnership Could Be The Start Of A Beautiful Market

Community solar programs have the potential to unlock tremendous solar demand in the U.S. that currently cannot be addressed due to siting constraints.


Solar Asset Management Marked By New Owners And Aging Fleets

Competition among new capital for desirable utility assets, acceptance of distributed generation alternatives and the demands of installed capacity showing signs of age is fueling new opportunities for growth.


U.S. ITC Votes To Uphold Anti-Dumping Finding Against China And Taiwan

Although not unexpected, the decision to uphold a preliminary finding will lead to tariffs on PV products imported into the U.S.


Solar And Wind Drove New Clean Energy Investment Up 12% In 2014

Despite a reduction in Europe's major renewable energy market subsidies and very competitive natural gas prices in the U.S., investment in the global clean energy sector for 2014 registered its first annual increase since 2011.


Study Finds U.S. Solar Jobs Have Grown 86% In Four Years

Despite a leveling out in the cost of photovoltaic power, solar jobs continue to climb in the U.S. far above other sectors.

2015 Buyer's Guide Register
Solectria_id1450
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
PV America_id1480