Tesla plugs in 'supercharger' station
The lack of Tesla Motors charging stations in the Grand Rapids region is about to change.
Tesla Motors is opening a Supercharger station at the Grand Rapids Meijer store at 5531 28th St. SE.
Representatives from Tesla Motors, Meijer executives and local legislators are scheduled to take part in the station's grand opening this morning.
Tesla Supercharger stations are strategically placed along well-traveled North American highways to provide drivers of Tesla cars no cost long-distance travel.
The Grand Rapids Meijer station is the second Supercharger station in Michigan, the other being in St. Joseph. There are also several "destination" chargers in the state.
The Supercharger station has eight stalls open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Half a charge is delivered in 20 minutes. The stations are set up near restaurants and shopping centers, so patrons can have a quick meal or run errands while charging.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla has delivered more than 80,000 electric vehicles to customers across the globe.
The company’s first car, Model S, is marketed as the first premium sedan electric vehicle. Model S is the “fastest-accelerating four-door vehicle” and travels 270 miles on a charge.
The Model S was voted the Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Yahoo! Autos 2013 Car of the Year. It was also Time’s Best Invention of the Year in 2012 and named to Car and Driver’s “10 Best” in 2015.
In May, Tesla Motors purchased Grand Rapids-based Riviera Tool, which stamps parts and ships them to the company.