How Tesla's leading a charge along I-5
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
A Tesla spokesman said the company could add superchargers in Oregon to accompany new units in Centralia and Burlington, Wash.
With a pair of new heavy-duty charging stations, Tesla Motors has cemented its affection for Oregon and Washington drivers.
Tesla has installed two more “superchargers” between Portland and Vancouver, B.C. The strategy “enables (Tesla’s) Model S drivers to easily travel for free, forever” between the two cities.
The superchargers are located in Centralia and Burlington, Wash. Tesla will unveil the units on Thursday.
The Centralia supercharger is located between the Totes Factory store and Dress Barn on Lum Road. It will be open 24 hours a day and feature 10 charging stalls.
Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has 14 charging stations in the U.S. The chargers provide 120 kilowatts of power and can offer three hours worth of driving charges in about 20 minutes.
Patrick Jones, a Tesla spokesman, said the company plans to add superchargers in Oregon but has yet to officially announce the locations. The company offers eight superchargers in California, one in central Illinois and three along the eastern seaboard.
“Although both of these openings are in Washington, we think the locations bring a lot of value to Tesla Model S drivers because they are placed about halfway between Portland and Seattle and Seattle and Vancouver,” Jones said.
The news was just one Tesla tidbit that emerged this week.
Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted Monday morning that he’ll reveal his plans for his “fifth form” of transportation – the next step after planes, trains, cars and boats – on August 12.
It’s being called the Hyperloop and, Musk has said, it’s a “cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table.” The Silicon Valley Business Journal said the “visionary new transport system could resemble an elevated tube system with a magnetic levitation system akin to bullet trains.”
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