Tesla 'supercharger' approved for Wareham Crossing
Electric car manufacturer Tesla will add Wareham to the list of cities and towns in its rapidly expanding “Supercharger” network across the U.S.
On Feb. 14, the Wareham Zoning Board of Appeals approved a request from the owner of Wareham Crossing, WS Asset Management, to install 12 state-of-the-art charging stations near Red Robin restaurant.
WS Asset Management submitted the application to the town’s Planning Department in January and plans to install the chargers later this month.
Director of Planning & Community Development Kenneth Buckland said the project is an exciting one for the town.
“It puts Wareham on the advanced technology map and will attract visitors that support local businesses,” said Buckland. “My hope is that it will also attract other innovative, high-value projects and raise awareness for the town.”
As part of the company’s network, the charger is a 480-volt direct current fast-charging station capable of giving Tesla cars a “full tank” in 75 minutes. After just 30 minutes of charging, cars will have as much as 170 miles of added range. The station will provide up to 120 kW of power per car.
Last year, Tesla announced plans to increase the number of Supercharger locations across North America by the end of 2017. At that time, the company had 2,636 Superchargers at 373 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company planned to build 15,000 charging stations this year.
The expansion arrives as sales of electric cars grew 32 percent from 2012 to 2016.
The plans were submitted by Black & Veatch, Inc., an international engineering, consulting and construction company. The firm is tasked with expanding the Supercharger network.
All brands of electric cars with the appropriate adapters will be able to plug in to the Supercharger. The company affords Tesla owners a certain amount of free electrical charge. After that, there is a small fee to fuel up.