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Tesla looking to make electric vehicles mainstream

While other federally backed “green technology” companies like Waltham’s A123 Systems have flopped, electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. posted a profit in the first quarter of 2013. The California company has repaid its federal loans and earned rave reviews for its latest car. But Tesla is fighting for the right to sell its cars directly to consumers, instead of through dealers. Globe reporter Hiawatha Bray recently chatted with Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of business development.

Other electric cars are rather plain. Your Model S is dazzling.

It competes in the category of Mercedes, BMW-class vehicles, has performance, acceleration that is as good or better than all those models. But most important for an electric vehicle, it achieves 265 miles of range on a single charge.

How long does it take to charge?

It really depends. If you’re using your household circuit it takes several hours. If you use one of our superchargers, which we’re installing on major interstates and arteries — we’ll be doing one here on I-90 in Sturbridge — you can recover 150 miles in 30 minutes or less.
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