Tesla Motors Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors is responding to legal barriers in Texas by doing the proverbial double-down move. Rather than retreat and lick the wounds from its lost battle with the 2013 Texas legislature, the company is investing millions in building five Supercharger stations to link together Austin, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston—the “Texas Triangle.” The state’s first Supercharger is already operational along Interstate 35 in San Marcos, connecting Austin with San Antonio. Tomorrow, on September 10, Tesla Motors will be opening the second station on I-35—this one in Waco, connecting Dallas/Fort Worth with Austin and San Antonio. Tesla Motors company representatives and dozens of Texas Model S owners will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The “Texas Triangle,” showing the locations of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Google Supercharger stations are Tesla’s answer to range limitations in its fast-selling Model S vehicles.

Even with an uprated 85kWh battery, the Model S has a factory-rated maximum range of about 265 miles, with real-world reports from around the Web pegging 230 to 250 miles as a more realistic range. Supercharger stations allow Tesla owners to charge their cars to about 50 percent of their maximum range in 20 to 30 minutes, and by the end of 2015 Tesla plans to have stations strung like beads along major highways across the country. Tesla does not charge Model S owners to use the Supercharger stations—though it’s more correct to say that the lifetime cost for using a Supercharger station is built into the price of the Model S.     

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