Tesla is planning to greatly expand its network of charging stations in New York, upping the number to 105 by March 31.
With the majority of charging points available free to Tesla owners, they will be able to charge the popular car to full in just four hours. Although there are 40 stations currently located in the Manhattan area, this news will give drivers an even greater freedom.
Paul Gardi, a Tesla owner in the Upper West Side area, told the New York Post: “The garages have a better sense of what’s going on now.
“A year ago, the garages were saying ‘whoa, what’s this thing’, but now they know what to do – you can just leave it and say ‘plug it in’, and comeback in an hour.”
Tesla recently fitted 68 New York garages with ‘destination chargers’, which can add around 60 miles to a car’s range for each hour of charging.
The company is claiming that by September, there will be a charging station every block, as well as many more ‘supercharger stations’ dotted along highways throughout the US.
Until recently, Tesla had only installed its chargers outside hotels and restaurants. Alexis Georgeson, a spokesperson for Tesla, said: “In an effort to tackle the need for urban charging, we expanded the program and partnered with public garages that offer parking both by the hour or the month’. The company also opened a 40,000 square-foot showroom and service garage in Brooklyn, alongside its already-established location in Chelsea.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.