As anyone who has used Tesla’s ever-expanding network of Supercharger stations will tell you, the experience is convenient, simple, and hassle-free. Located for the most part off major arterial cross-country routes, Superchargers allow a Tesla Model S electric car owner to rapidly recharge the battery pack of their car at a rate of up to 300 miles of range per hour.
Despite Tesla’s original aim of producing the majority of power used to charge its customers’ cars on-site via massive solar arrays at each Supercharger site, only a few solar-powered Supercharger sites exist around the world.
As it happened, we visited one in Køge, Denmark last weekend on an epic trip from Oslo to London in a Tesla Model S P85, complete with a massive photovoltaic solar roof and supercharging provision for twelve different Tesla cars at the same time.
But even that impressive site will soon be dwarfed by a new project 20 miles northeast of Sacramento, where Tesla will operate a Tesla Store, Service Center and a row of Superchargers — all powered by a massive solar array.
As our friends at GreenCarReports detail, the site in the town of Rocklin, California is less than four miles from the Roseville Galleria Mall, where Supercharging is already available for customers to use. According to regular contributor and Tesla Model S owner George Parrott however, the Roseville Galleria Mall isn’t easily reachable from the freeway.
The new site, just a minute’s drive off Interstate 80 at exit 109 for Sierra College, was built by local contractors Phil Haupt Electric of Roseville, who have an extensive experience of installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
“I was very flattered to have our company selected to do this installation and we used all local employees and even purchased all of our materials locally,” owner Phil Haupt told GreenCarReports.
It’s worth noting too that the site itself isn’t just charging customers’ cars using solar power: the entire complex, including the service centre and showroom, are powered directly from the array of solar panels mounted everywhere and anywhere there’s space.
To that end, you’ll find solar panels on the roof of the showroom and service centre, above the Superchargers themselves, and even on the long solar car port where customers cars can be parked before and after service.
The site isn’t open yet, but expect it to be offering sales, service and charging within a few weeks.
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