Tesla adds city-center Supercharger stations in Boston and Chicago
For most drivers, charging will take 45-50 minutes.
American automaker and energy storage company Tesla has expanded its growing network of Supercharger stations into downtown urban areas at two major US cities.
The popular manufacturer says Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois will have recharge stations installed in “convenient locations”, including supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts.
Tesla also guaranteed that these new stations will offer the same pricing as existing Superchargers.
Until this point, Tesla’s Supercharger stations have been located along highways on popular driving routes.
The positioning of these new launches will offer customers without immediate access to home or workplace charging, the opportunity to recharge their vehicles while they shop or run errands.
The Boston and Chicago charging stations will have a new post design that occupies less space and is simpler to install, while providing 72 kilowatts of dedicated power to each vehicle, regardless of how many cars are being charged at any given time. For most drivers this means a full charge will take around 45-50 minutes.
Each year, Tesla provides owners 400 kWh of free Supercharger credit, enough to drive about 1,000 miles. Beyond this, customers must pay a tiered fee depending on the speed at which they charge their vehicle.
Earlier this year, Tesla revealed plans to double the number of Superchargers worldwide in 2017.
However, Tesla has around 455,000 pre-orders for its budget-friendly, forthcoming Model 3 vehicle. Prices start at around $35,000 for the sedan, which is slated to be released by the end of the year.
The addition of these Tesla vehicles on American roads could cause significant re-charging congestion issues.