A platform is usually only as great as the infrastructure that supports it, even if that platform just so happens to be an automobile. While the Tesla idea is a sound one, it isn't apt to end up in the mainstream garage until there's a vast array of chargers. If you can't get a charge without going too far out of your way, your ride is as good as toast. That's why Tesla
is doubling down on its "Supercharger" network, and recently, it expanded once again.
Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America, Europe and Asia. As of today, there are 105 stations in North America, with "complete" west and east coast travel that'll let you cruise up and down the coasts without worrying about running out of juice. As for coast-to-coast travel? By the end of 2014, it's aiming to cover 80% of the US population and "parts of Canada," while a whopping 98% of the US population will be able to traverse the country by the end of 2015.
In Europe, there are 54 stations today, while Asia has 9 stations.
Something tells us that sales of Tesla automobiles will be fairly directly correlated to the expansion efforts surrounding its Supercharger network.