Tesla Model S owners can now drive from New York to Los Angeles without paying to charge their car as long as they’re happy to follow a meandering route.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric car manufacturer has 71 Supercharger stations across North America according to its Web site. CEO and co-founder Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that the company’s stations now cover approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population.
Last October, the completed a string of chargers that allows Model S owners to drive from California to British Columbia, Canada. Versions of the car with the smaller and less expensive 60 kWh battery pack can access the network but only after paying a one-time $2,000 fee.
By using the equipment, drivers can regain up to 170 miles of range in 30 minutes.
This year, the company plans to have vastly expanded its current network to pepper much of the U.S. and some of the most southern portions of Canada. By 2015, it says that “98 percent” of the U.S. population will be covered by the Supercharger network.