Just got back from my first real vacation in two years, so I'm playing catch up. With the debut of the Model S in Japan comes the burgeoning infrastructure to support the cars. I already mentioned the new service center in Yokohama and more on the way. Yesterday @TeslaMotors tweeted the expansion plan for Tesla's Supercharger system in Japan.
I don't believe I have explained the Superchargers yet. Owners of any Tesla brand car are entitled to use Tesla's charging system free of charge. One of the concerns many have about EVs (electric vehicles) is range. Tesla is working to install Superchargers so drivers can go anywhere they want at any time, including road trips. A click on the Superchargers link on Tesla's homepage using the North American tab (clearly the continent with the longest history and best infrastructure) reveals the image above. You can see from the red dots that as long as you take certain routes, you can travel across the country and navigate both coasts. More are coming.
The most important part is that Superchargers are FAST. You can charge your car in minutes while you take a bio break or get something to eat and/or drink. There are no credit cards or smelly fuels to deal with. Just plug your car in, go do what you need to do, and come back to a charged car. Obviously, the more your batteries are drained, the longer it will take to recharge them. I have read that some Supercharger stations can get crowded, like those along the Southern California—Las Vegas corridor.
Back to the main event: the image above is from the same Supercharger link, instead pointing to the Asian tab. These red dots represent the Superchargers in place at the moment in Japan, Hong Kong, and China. I'm not sure where those first 9 cars that Elon Musk handed the fobs over are based, but I'm guessing most are in Kanto, where the two Supercharger stations are.
Sliding the bar at the bottom over reveals the plan to the end of 2014. The Kanto-Kansai route should be well covered, and it looks like Hiroshima will be in range.
I'm never one to wish my life away, so I just hope some of those red dots are coming in EARLY 2015. Sliding the bar all the way to the right, gives us an idea of the plan for 2015. May the electrons be with us!