Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 13, 2013

Tesla opens N. Indiana car-charging stations


Kokomo Tribune

---- — MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Tesla Motors has opened two charging stations in northern Indiana as it works to establish a nationwide network for its electric cars.

The new charging stations for the Tesla Model S electric car opened Wednesday in Mishawaka and Angola, the South Bend Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/18WeIjm ). Tesla officials say the stations can in 20 minutes give one of the cars enough battery power to travel up to 150 miles.

William Stonehill of Granger said he doesn't expect to use the station at Mishawaka's University Park Mall since a full charge on his Tesla at his nearby home allows it to travel about 200 miles. The station's completion is an important signal, he said.

"It means my car is becoming a car I can take more out of town," he said.

It's free to charge a Tesla at the six-stall station in Mishawaka, but it doesn't work on other electric car models.

The station in the city just east of South Bend was the 40th one that Tesla has opened in the United States.

"It's about enabling routes that our owners are traveling at this point," Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson said. "At the end of the year we will have enabled people to drive from Los Angeles to New York."

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com