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Tesla to Expand Electric-Car Charging for Coast-to-Coast

May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Tesla Motors Inc. will roll out a rapid-charging network for its electric cars that will allow drivers to travel to New York from Los Angeles, according to Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer and biggest shareholder.

Tesla is expanding a network of fast-charging stations to major U.S. and Canadian metropolitan areas to make its Model S a more viable alternative to gasoline-fueled cars, Musk said in an onstage interview at the D: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Tesla needs an expanded network of charging stations to appeal to customers beyond California and the Northeast U.S., where it now has fueling spots.

Tesla had scheduled an announcement on the superchargers tomorrow for a conference call at 1:30 p.m. New York time. Nine stations currently provide free electricity for Model S owners, and the company plans to have 100 along U.S. and Canadian highways by 2015.

To contact the reporter on this story: Douglas MacMillan in San Francisco at dmacmillan3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net

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