Tesla CEO Elon Musk Slams Coverage of Electric Car Fires

Despite three fires, electric Tesla Model S is safer than gas cars, Musk says.

CEO & CTO of SpaceX and CEO & Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors Elon Musk participates in a discussion at the New York Times 2013 DealBook Conference in New York at the New York Times Building on Nov. 12, 2013, in New York City.
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To support Tesla customers, Musk is expanding a network of stations across the U.S. where users can charge their cars to undertake travel across the country as can drivers of conventional gasoline cars.

A potential model for Tesla to improve car charging stations is a system designed by Better Place, a now-defunct electronic car company that designed stations in areas like Israel and Hawaii, which kept a cache of charged batteries for drivers to swap out for their empty batteries when they needed to refuel, Koslowski says. This system would be a big time saver but it might not be cost-effective enough to be necessary, since Tesla users may be more likely to charge their cars at work or at home, Koslowski explains.

"You would need to have to buy extra battery packs, which are very expensive," Koslowski explains. "It's definitely feasible but it comes at a cost, and I am not sure that the added cost is necessary right now."

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