ITHACA, N.Y. — In accordance with the New York State Division of Motor Automobiles, there are about 56 Teslas registered in Tompkins County. We’ll assume these people are very, very excited.
Tesla, the high-profile electrical automotive maker well-known for its autopilot options and eccentric billionaire CEO Elon Musk, has formally unveiled its newest supercharging station in Ithaca. The seven superchargers are positioned on the southwest aspect of the town on the South Meadow Sq. retail complicated, on the far finish of the car parking zone in entrance of Passion Foyer.
In accordance with firm ads, “superchargers ship vitality quickly, and regularly decelerate because the battery fills. Your car routinely alerts you when it has sufficient vitality to proceed the journey and with the in depth community of Superchargers alongside well-liked routes, charging above 80% isn’t sometimes essential.”
According to Tesla forums, the site has been in the works for over a year. The transformer, stations and signage had been accomplished in late July. Tesla customer support was unable to verify the station was beneath development when it was beneath development.
A Tesla spokesperson stated the charging stations work wonderful in very chilly and snowy situations, and that all the stations are internet-connected and serviced. The corporate additionally maintains a couple of “Vacation spot Charging” stations at among the native lodges, together with the Hilton Backyard Inn Downtown, the William Henry Miller Inn and La Tourelle. The distinction between superchargers and vacation spot chargers is the facility supply. Superchargers are good for highway journeys and cost sooner, vacation spot chargers are good to for getting a cost over an extended time period.
How helpful is any of this to the non-Tesla public? Frankly, not a lot. The superchargers are for Teslas solely, and a cost for 1500 miles prices $100-$132 relying on the mannequin (although it seems that, in an effort to juice gross sales, new owners of premium models will get free lifetime charges). If we solely have 56 Teslas in Tompkins County, then you possibly can moderately assume that is meant for the rich vacationer crowd.
Nonetheless, the station is the one one between the Thruway, Binghamton and Corning, and the wine tour / school tour sorts would favor to get their juice someplace comparatively handy. Plus, it is a good feather within the cap for the county’s clear, inexperienced vitality objectives. Tesla aficionados are fairly excited. The Tesla Owners Club of New York State will be hosting a belated Grand Opening Ceremony and Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday.