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2 New Mexico cities opening car charging stations

FARMINGTON, N.M.—Two New Mexico cities are preparing to begin operating public charging stations for electric vehicles.

Last week, Gallup opened a Tesla Motors supercharger station and Farmington is scheduled to open one next month, The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1idM2VU).

The two stations are part of Tesla Motors’ mission to expand its supercharger stations nationally. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is the maker of the all-electric Tesla.

Currently, there are 44 stations in the country, according to the company’s website. There are 18 down the West Coast, nine along the East Coast, 12 in the Midwest and five in Texas, according to the website.

Tesla spokesman Patrick Jones said the cars range from $69,000 to $130,000.

But before 2014, the company plans to open a belt of almost 50 more stations that stretch coast to coast, according to its website. A Tesla car can travel 265 miles before it requires charging, Jones said.

Supercharger stations allow Tesla owners to charge half their battery in 20 minutes. Tesla now has enough Supercharger stations for free travel between San Diego and Vancouver, and it wants to have enough stations for cross-country driving in the U.S. soon.
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