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Tesla drivers can now drive from LA to New York for free

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Tesla Motor's network of fast-charging stations for its luxury all-electric sedans now covers a route from Los Angeles to New York. 

CEO Elon Musk made the announcement via Twitter over the weekend, saying 80 percent of the U.S. population is covered by its so-called Superchargers. His message via Twitter: 

Tesla Supercharger network now energized from New York to LA, both coast + Texas! Approx 80% of US population covered.

Musk later tweeted that he will complete the LA to New York trek as a family road trip over spring break. 

Tesla's 120 kilowatt superchargers, which only work with the Tesla Model S, provide half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. The chargers work by delivering direct current power to the battery using special cables that bypass onboard charging equipment. And using them is free for all Tesla Model S owners. 

In October, when a corridor of Tesla Supercharger DC fast-charging stations was completed along Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101, there were about 31 stations in North America. Today, there are 73 stations in North America, according to the company's website. 

Tesla is building a similar network in Europe. About 90 percent of people in Norway now live within 200 miles of one of its six “supercharger” stations.

The electric car maker has opened 14 stations in Europe, including a corridor from the Netherlands to Munich, Germany. By the end of 2014, Tesla superchargers will be installed along major travel corridors throughout Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Spain and the UK.

The network aims to eliminate (or at least lessen) range anxiety among would-be electric car drivers by providing free and fast chargers strategically located along major driving corridors. 

— By on January 27, 2014, 9:56 AM PST

Kirsten Korosec

Contributing Editor

Kirsten Korosec has written for Technology Review, Marketing News, The Hill, BNET and Bloomberg News. She holds a degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is based in Tucson, Arizona. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure