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updated: 9/25/2012 7:09 AM

Tesla unveils faster electric car charging station

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  • A Tesla Motors Roadster in San Jose, Calif.,

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- Tesla Motors Inc. is unveiling a solar-powered charging station that it says will make refueling electric vehicles on long trips about as fast as stopping for gas and a bathroom break in a conventional car.

CEO Elon Musk said at a news conference Monday night at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., that the company's roadside Supercharger already has been installed at six highway rest stops in California.

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Musk says the stations are designed to fully charge a Tesla sedan in about an hour, and that a half-hour-long charge would produce enough energy for a three-hour trip.

He says his Palo Alto-based company plans to have more stations running throughout California and in parts of Nevada and Oregon by the end of the year.

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