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Supercharger station for electric vehicles has opened at Premium Outlets

A new fast-charge station that can charge an electric vehicle for free has opened at Premium Outlets at Hagerstown.

Tesla Motors opened a Supercharger station at the outlet mall this week for drivers of Tesla Model S cars and other compatible vehicles.

The Supercharger, one of many throughout the country, is the first in the state of Maryland, Alexis Georgeson of Tesla Motors Communications said in an email.

“Tesla is very focused on providing free long-distance travel across the country,” Georgeson said in the email. “We place Superchargers along major corridors that our customers often travel and that connect city centers.”

There are six stalls at the station labeled 1A, 2A, 3A, 1B, 2B, 3B. They are in the parking lot of Premium Outlets that backs up to Interstate 70. Each stall has a connector that can be plugged into the vehicle.

“Located just off I-70, the Hagerstown station will support the cross-country route enabling Tesla Model S owners to drive between Los Angeles and New York for free,” Georgeson said.

Providing up to 120 kilowatts of power, the Tesla Supercharger can replenish half a charge in 20 minutes. That would be about 150 miles of charge for a Model S, which has a range of 265 miles, Georgeson said.

There currently are 71 Tesla Superchargers across the country, including the one in Hagerstown, and 14 more in Europe, according to the Tesla Motors website at www.teslamotors.com. By the end of 2015, 98 percent of the U.S. population and parts of Canada will have access to a Supercharger.
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