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Tesla Fires Up Solar-Powered Charging Stations

Concept art of a Tesla Supercharger station
Concept art of a Tesla Supercharger stationCourtesy Tesla

“You will be able to drive free forever on pure sunlight. I think it’s pretty hard to beat that.”

So proclaimed Elon Musk last night in Los Angeles as he unveiled a new fleet of solar-powered, public charging stations for the Tesla Model S sedan. Tesla Motors, the all-electric-car maker, has set up six of these stations alongside freeways in California to help cars complete long-distance journeys such as Los Angeles to San Francisco or Santa Barbara to Las Vegas. Tesla, which Musk co-founded and runs as chief executive officer, plans to put dozens more of the stations in California over the next year and to cover most of the U.S. by 2014.