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Charging station on I-90 brings Spokane into Tesla universe

Going for a ride in a Tesla Model S is like taking off in a jet plane, only without the noise.

“You touch that accelerator, it’s all go,” said Tom Hutchison, a sales representative with Tesla in Bellevue.

He brought his sales team and two Tesla cars to the Davenport Hotel on Friday to show off their performance to about 40 prospective buyers — and to call attention to a new Tesla super-charging station in Ellensburg.

The station just off Interstate 90 makes cross-state travel in a Tesla more convenient.

Tesla, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., now has about 22,000 vehicles on the road in the U.S. The company is named for an early-day electrical engineer, Nikola Tesla.

Most Tesla owners are drawn by the sleek performance. It goes from zero to 60 mph in four seconds with 416 horsepower and 443 foot-pounds of torque. The car comes with a speed-limiting governor that tops out at 130 mph, Hutchison said.

Most owners charge their batteries while the car is parked at home overnight. A full charge allows the car to travel from about 250 to 300 miles, depending on the size of the battery.

As a result, a trip to Seattle requires a shot of electricity on the way, Hutchison said.
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