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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so we’ve been told. Odds are that a parent or guardian first presented this tired adage to us, likely on the occasion of our honest appraisal of an unwanted Christmas sweater, hand-me-down bike, or nerdy cousin.
During a press conference on June 26, 2013, at—quite appropriately—the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Tesla announced the opening of its ninth Supercharger station. Located along I-55 in Bloomington, Illinois, it’s the first one not situated on the east or west coast. The majority are in Tesla’s home state of California, with the others in Connecticut and Delaware.
The advantage of Tesla’s Supercharger station is that it can recharge the all-electric Tesla Model S much faster than a normal Level 2 or even Level 3 charging station. In fact, it can provide up to 200 miles of range in just 30 minutes. By contrast, a conventional Level 2 charging station can provide only about 10 miles of range in 30 minutes.
The Model S is available with two battery sizes: 60 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 85 kWh. Official EPA range is 208 miles and 265 miles, respectively. The Bloomington charging station allows drivers to go from Chicago to St. Louis with just one 30-minute stop to recharge.
It was more than three years ago that electric-vehicle-maker Tesla unveiled prototypes of its Model S midsize hatchback sedan, claiming a 0-60-mph time of less than six seconds and a battery range of up to 300 miles. At the time, many considered it little more than an over-hyped automotive pipe dream.
But on Friday, June 22, 2012, that dream became a reality.
On that date, several buyers—who had long had deposits down on their cars—finally took delivery of their Model S sedans from the Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont, California. All the cars were top-line Signature Performance versions in black, white, or dark red. According to the company’s website (teslamotors.com), the Signature Performance version starts at just under $98,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit, not including options.
Although no known subjective tests have yet been done on production models, the factory is sticking to its initial performance and range estimates. On the website, the Signature Performance version is described as having an 85 kWh (!) battery pack and a “high performance drive inverter” that allow it to dash from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, top out at 130 mph, and—with more sedate driving, one would assume—cover up to 300 miles on a single charge.