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San Marcos Mercury » Tesla opens first Texas charging station in San Marcos

It’s a concept ripped out of a sci-fi film–a car traveling long distances on just a few hours charge of electricity. But what was once a 1950s era fantasy is now a reality. Travel to San Marcos and see for yourself.

Last week, the Tesla Motors Company, which designs and builds electric cars, opened their first “supercharger” station near Premium Outlets. The location is the first to open in Texas.

Tesla, which began operations in 2003, designs and builds the Model S. The car can go 300 miles on a single charge of electricity.

According to Alexis Georgeson, spokeswoman at Tesla Motors, a 240 volt outlet can fully charge a Model S in eight hours. At a supercharger station, a Model S can get half a charge in only twenty minutes.

Georgeson said the difference is how the car is being charged. Rather than using alternate current, the supercharger pumps direct current straight to the battery.



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