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Tesla electric car owners gather in Port St. Lucie for opening of state’s first Tesla fast-charging station

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Some 20 electric car owners have gathered in Port St. Lucie where this morning the state’s first charging station for the Tesla Model S is set to open.

The charging station, with eight stalls, extends the reach of the electric vehicles, enabling road trips from Miami to Orlando and Cape Canaveral after a 20-minute recharge, said Tesla Motors spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson.

Tesla Motors is based in California, but more than 500 Floridians own its electric sedans, Georgeson said.

Electric car charging stations aren’t new to South Florida. The first public charging station in Palm Beach County opened in May 2011 in Bankers Row in Delray Beach.

A month later, West Palm Beach city officials opened six stations at the Clematis Street garage using about $59,000 of a $1 million federal grant to promote energy efficiency and conservation.

The Tesla Model S can charge at those stations, but other model electric cars are not compatible with the supercharging station debuting in Port St. Lucie, Georgeson said. The appeal for Tesla owners will be the new charging station’s speed.


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