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Tesla opens supercharging station in Folsom

By: Laura Newell, Features Editor
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Road trippers with energy efficient cars can now charge up in Folsom.

Tesla Motors, the California-based electric car maker, celebrated the public opening if its supercharging location at Folsom Premium Outlets with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19.

Those in attendance included Folsom Premium Outlets general manager Brenda Sprouse, Senator Ted Gaines, City of Folsom officials and Tesla Spokesperson Mike Taylor.

“This is a good option for people to stop for 30 minutes, charge up and go shop during that time,” Taylor said. “In that 30 minutes it can charge up to 160 miles into your car.”

Tesla Superchargers are the first charging stations placed between city centers to enable long distance driving in an electric vehicle and offer the most powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging technology to date, said Shanna Hendriks, Tesla Motors communications manager.

Tesla has placed charging stations at “natural stopping points” for long-distance travel, including coffee shops, outlet centers and hotel parking lots. The Superchargers currently work with Tesla Model S, the company’s most recent vehicle and the world’s first premium electric sedan.

“We want to recognize Tesla and all the great things they are doing for California,” said Gaines. “This new technology is so futuristic and so exciting.”

Tesla first revealed the locations of the first six Supercharger stations in September. These first superchargers will enable Model S to travel long distances throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona with ultra-fast charging. Superchargers can give road trippers half a charge in about 30 minutes, Hendriks said.

Tesla officials said overtime each station will be connected to a solar power system designed to generate more energy than is consumed by vehicles. This results in a positive transfer of sunlight-generated power back to the electricity grid.

David Miller, director of Folsom’s public works and community development, said this is a great opportunity for Folsom.

“This is really a benefit to the city because we are being recognized as a charging station and area,” Miller said. “I think this station will be very well used.”

He went on to say that this station matches Folsom’s future plans with energy efficiency and conservation.

“This is very consistent with the direction we are moving towards in the city with our long-term and future plans,” Miller said.