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Mountain News: Tesla installs charging stations

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Driving a Tesla electric car just got much easier in the I-70 corridor of Colorado. Tesla is installing eight fast-charging stations at the Outlets at Silverthorne, located 113 kilometres from downtown Denver.

From Silverthorne, it’s another 48 kilometres to Vail, 145 kilometres to Steamboat Springs, and 161+ kilometres to Aspen, depending upon the season.

In 30 minutes, the charging stations can deliver electricity sufficient for 322 kilometres of driving.

“Just like in California, where Tesla began in the major metro areas and then provided charging stations at incremental locagazine.comations while expanding outwards, a Silverthorne charging station will get Denver metro residents to Steamboat, Vail Valley and the Aspen area and back,” explains Kevin Batchelder, town manager of Silverthorne.

In May, Tesla announced plans for a network of 200 fast-charging stations that will connect most of the major population centers in the United States and Canada, providing free electricity at the dispensers.

“The expansion of the network will mean that Model S drivers can take the ultimate road trip — whether that’s L.A. to New York, Vancouver to San Diego, or Montreal to Miami — without spending a cent on fuel,” said Tesla in its May announcement.

Only Tesla Model S cars can be charged. They run about $70,000 but have a much bigger battery pack than other electric cars. A Nissan Leaf, for example, has a theoretical battery range of 125 kilometres. Because of the limited range, the standard advice in mountain towns is that it’s best to buy a hybrid, with an electric component and a gasoline engine.


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