Report: Tesla building I-80 supercharger station


TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe, where drivers of the company’s electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80.

Tesla officials previously announced plans to build a station near Truckee, California, about 30 miles southwest of Reno but hasn’t confirmed an exact location or opening date.

The Sierra Sun reported Thursday six charging bays with “Tesla” labels have been delivered to a cordoned off site in Truckee and construction equipment has been assembled behind a supermarket.

Assistant Truckee town manager Alex Terrazas confirmed Tesla had pulled required permits and paid appropriate fees for the station.

Tesla will pay the Truckee Donner Public Utility District to supply electricity to the station as part of a development agreement, said Steven Poncelet, conservation manager for the district.

However, he told the newspaper a confidentiality clause prevented him from disclosing details.

A Tesla spokesperson said the company is not able to comment publicly about financing or the exact cost of the Truckee station.

Tesla has 106 supercharging stations across North America, including more than a dozen in California and one in Las Vegas.

 

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