in News Departments > Products & Technology
print the content item

comments: 0

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

ModSolar_B_id1435
Latest Top Stories

Hawaii Hopes Storage Will Enable A 'Multi-Directional' Grid For Solar

Hawaii's public utilities have submitted controversial plans for enabling increased penetration of solar while supporting grid reliability. Planners hope a large-scale energy storage program will help reconcile day-peaking output with night-peaking demand.


NCSEA Working To Create A Solar Powerhouse In North Carolina

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) says the importance of solar power in a diversified generation portfolio helps build broad support for clean energy policy.


Minnesota PUC Green-Lights Xcel's Community Solar Gardens Program

While the countdown for the program has started, the value of solar (VOS) tariff once envisioned for it has downshifted onto a parallel track. However, a revised VOS is expected to come into play next year.


Solar Capacity Increases Sharply At U.S. Schools

A new study shows that solar power for K-12 schools is a hot market with plenty of room for future growth.


SolarCity Strikes An East-West Pose In Its New Commercial Mounting System

The first major new product release from SolarCity's Zep Solar business unit since last year's merger reveals new opportunities in the commercial solar space.

CanSolIndus_id1429
Liquidity_id1432
Lufft_id1410
Ingeteam_id1433
Future Energy_id1428
PVcobra_id1394
Maynards_id1436