Will Tesla's SuperCharger network resemble aliens landing at a rest stop?
Back in June, at the Tesla Motors shareholders meeting, Elon Musk gave the expected business update. Then during the Q&A session he talked about fast swapping battery packs on the Tesla Model S and Model X, as well as tantalizing hints about the Tesla Supercharger network. While he did not say many specifics, it was tantalizing and the Tesla-proprietary SuperCharger system is the first electric car charging system that can implement that Great American Past-time: the Road Trip. Fast forward to a couple days ago, and Musk tweets the following announcement that the SuperCharger network would be unveiled on Sept. 24.
Tesla Supercharger unveiling event set for Sept 24. It will feel like alien spaceships landed at highway rest stops.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 14, 2012
Why is this so important, and why might it feel like aliens landing at rest stops? The answer has little to do with Musks' rocket ship company (SpaceX) and much more to do with his third company (Solar City).
The SuperCharger network is a key part of Tesla's powerful and flexible charging system for the Model S and Model X.