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Array of plug-in vehicles electrifies Southern Nevada

Tesla Motors Supercharger stations can recharge an 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack on the new Model S in about an hour, to add about 250 miles of range. The Barstow Supercharger station is located just off Interstate 15 next to the Tanger Outlet Mall and Country Inn at 2812 Lenwood Road.

The electrification of the automotive industry swept through Southern Nevada like a rolling wave last January .

General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric car, was showcased at local dealerships, including Findlay Chevrolet, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, Fairway Chevrolet and Henderson Chevrolet.

At the same time, the all-electric Nissan Leaf was being sold at Desert Nissan, United Nissan, Planet Nissan and Henderson Nissan. Gaudin Motorworks established a new Fisker Automotive dealership next to its Porsche and Jaguar centers in order to promote the Karma plug-in hybrid electric sports car. During the summer, Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson began selling the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV at its dealership.

The Toyota Prius family gave birth to a new plug-in hybrid that appeared at Findlay Toyota, Fletcher Jones Toyota, Desert Toyota Scion and Centennial Hills Toyota.

Tesla Motors emerged as a presence in Southern Nevada by delivering all-electric Roadster sports cars during 2011 and its new Model S sedans to local customers in October 2012. Tesla also installed strategic public charging stations in Barstow, Calif., to encourage road trips between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The new Tesla Supercharger stations, partially powered by solar cell arrays, can recharge a Tesla Model S battery pack in less than an hour for a 250-mile range. Motor Trend magazine editors Frank Markus and Edward Loh both drove the Model S on the L.A.-to-Las Vegas route to test its range and performance in the hot Mojave Desert. They later joined fellow Motor Trend contributors to vote the Model S Car of the Year.


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