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Electric car company seeks charging station at mall

EDISON — The township may soon become a destination for some electric car owners.

Tesla, purveyor of the luxury Model S, has an application before the Edison Zoning Board of Adjustment to bring one of its Tesla Superchargers to the outskirts of the Menlo Park Mall.

The electric car company brought its proposal before the zoning board on Dec. 17, seeking to install eight charging stations in the parking lot of the mall, at 199-219 Lafayette Ave. The application requests use and bulk variances regarding parking spaces and fence height.

The board did not approve the proposed project, instead requesting possible changes to the plans and scheduling the company to reappear at the board’s Jan. 14 meeting.

Township officials, along with the attorneys for the zoning board and Tesla, did not return calls to verify comments posted on a Tesla forum stating that the board did not approve the application for aesthetic reasons.

No timetable is set for the project, according to Tesla Communications Manager Patrick Jones.

“We’re really excited to be bringing Superchargers to New Jersey,” Jones said.

The move is part of the company’s plan to allow Tesla drivers on the East Coast to travel by road from Boston to Miami, he said.

“Superchargers enable long-distance travel,” he said. “We need to get over the hump of so-called range anxiety.”
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