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Tesla has completed its coast-to-coast Supercharger vehicle recharge network in the US, allowing Model S owners the possibility of driving from one side of the country to the other for free.

The US electric car brand says its network of 71 Supercharger stations covers 80 per cent of the US population, and the company says it has plans to offer 98 per cent coverage at some point in 2015.

“Tesla Supercharger network now energized from New York to LA, both coast + Texas!” company CEO Elon Musk posted to Twitter. “Approx 80% of US population covered.”

Tesla Supercharger network - US

Tesla – which currently sells just one car, the Model S sedan – offers owners free recharging at its Supercharger plants, which it says offer owners a quick charge option, refuelling the car’s battery bank up to 50 per cent in as little as 20 minutes. In contrast, a regular household plug would take approximately nine hours to recharge the car’s batteries, which offer a range of approximately 425km.

Tesla is expected to revamp its Australian operations in 2014, with the Model S sedan due to arrive in the second quarter of 2014. The brand previously sold the Roadster sports car, which was discontinued in 2012.

Tesla will also add a second model to its line-up – the Model X crossover – late in 2014. That car should arrive here in 2015.




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