Tesla superchargers come to Oakdale

Janett and Steve and their dog Max, passing through on an over 12,000 roundtrip vacation from California, stop to charge up at the Tesla charging at HyVee in Oakdale. Their 2013 Tesla Model S even has a GOTESSY license plate. Traveling through the national parks, they also charged up near Yellowstone. The couple mentioned that Tesla was Motor Trends’ Car of the Year in 2013 and had safest car rating from Consumer Reports.

The first Tesla charging station in the Twin cities opened Sept. 13 at the HyVee in Oakdale. It’s the 6th Tesla Supercharger station in the state, along with Worthington, Albert Lea, Hinckley, Brainerd and Duluth. That’s on top of the dozens of other fast chargers in the state and many more public charging stations at public parks and private businesses.

The Supercharging screen monitor shows how charged the vehicle is. The charging is included in the price of the Tesla car. 

“These are cars that you can get for twenty or thirty thousand dollars up front and save big time on the back end by charging with low-cost local energy like wind and solar,” said Matt Privratsky with Fresh Energy, a non-profit that works on energy policy across Minnesota. “It’s a win-win because you’re removing the need to import all those fuels and instead spending all of your refueling dollars on local energy.”

A statement by Fresh Energy says, with current electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf getting more than 100 miles of range and new models out next year like the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 getting more than 200 miles, excitement around EVs in Minnesota has definitely been growing. That growing demand was clear earlier this spring, when hundreds of Minnesotan’s waited in line and put $1,000 down, just to reserve a Tesla Model 3 that isn’t expected out until next year.

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