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Waco gets charging station

Motorists north of Waco may suffer an attack of rubbernecking at 10 a.m. Tuesday, when dozens of Tesla Model S electric cars will cluster at 701 N. Interstate 35 in Bellmead, next to Collin Street Bakery, for the opening of a Tesla Supercharger station.

Tesla Motors, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has chosen the Waco area among five sites in Texas where it will place the superchargers. The Bellmead location will serve Tesla owners traveling between Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio, spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson said by phone Thursday.

The Waco-area station will have eight stalls and can recharge a Tesla for 150 miles of driving in 20 minutes.

“Superchargers are designed for city-to-city travel, allowing drivers to travel for about three hours, take a 20-to-30-minute break to eat and relax, and get back on the road charged up,” said Georgeson, adding Tesla is investing about $150,000 in each station.

By the end of the year, the California-based company intends to have a network in place that will allow movement from Los Angeles to New York, Boston to Miami and Vancouver, British Columbia, to Phoenix, Ariz. Access to 80 percent of the nation’s residents should arrive by the end of 2014.

In Texas, it will place units in San Marcos, Waco and Columbus, which is about 75 miles west of Houston and will serve the Austin/San Antonio and Houston markets, and two others on Interstate 45, which links Dallas and Houston, Georgeson said.

“By the end of fall,” she added, “Model S owners will be able to drive throughout the Texas triangle for free.”
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