Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will inaugurate its first Supercharger station in North Carolina on October 17th. The station will be in the parking lot of the Carousel Luxury Cinemas at 1080 Piper Lane in Burlington along I-85 and include eight charging stalls, says a report from WRALTechWire.
Supercharger stations strategically located
The California-based manufacturer of battery-powered vehicles has established charging stations in 27 other states. To fully charge a Tesla battery takes around 3 hours and is done free of cost.
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According to the company, “Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America.”
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) claims that its supercharger technology is the fastest among all other charging technologies till date. The station delivers 120 kilowatts of power, and each vehicle is charged half in just 20 minutes. The theme of this supercharger station is to facilitate commutes between two stations with minimal stops. Tesla has fixed these stations near places like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers, which welcome drivers to stop for a quick takeaway meal or shopping experience while their car is charging.
Tesla unveils Model X
Tesla recently unveiled its first pricey SUV Model X at its newly built showroom in Palo Alto. The Model X can be a very powerful revenue generator for Tesla as the company has gained huge goodwill and appreciation with its Model S sedan.
Before Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s mean machines arrived on the scee, major electric car producers were Nissan AltraEV, General Motors EV1, Toyota RAV4 EV and Honda EV Plus hatchback. The hurdles these cars faced were lack of interest, gas price and costs.
The Model X will have more challenges because with this vehicle, Tesla is trying to foray into new territories—the electric SUV is the first of its kind and the market for electric SUV’s is still unknown.
However, the popularity and demand of Tesla Model S indicates that the Model X should also be popular. According to sources, more than eight thousand reservations has already been made for the Model X, but it will not be available to customers until the second half of 2014.