With eight new charging stations for electric vehicles, Yuma is becoming a charging hub, one of many on the cross-country route between Los Angeles and New York
When Steve Shadle from Yuma, Arizona, became the first resident of Yuma to register an all-electric car Fisker Karma in 2012, he could not possibly know that Yuma will soon become a charging station for other electric car enthusiasts.
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Steve loves his electric car. He says that it goes like a rocket and looks like a Lamborghini. Steve’s 400-horsepower electric car has a 50-mile range running on batteries only. When he is going to Phoenix or San Diego, his generator produces enough power to recharge batteries. The solar panel sunroof powers the cooling system and fan. On the way down hill, the tires’ spinning charge the batteries.
Yuma is well known as a convenient stop between Phoenix and San Diego. Now the electric carmakers think that the city is in the right spot to become a charging station for electric cars. Tesla Motors Inc. are negotiating with city officials to build eight charging stations in Yuma, with four regular chargers and four superchargers. Superchargers need only 20 minutes to charge 50 percent of the capacity.
The power will be supplied by the local utility company, and Tesla will pay for electricity and all operating cost.
According to Tesla’s spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson, the company is focused on offering free long distance travel to the drivers of electric cars across the country.
Yuma will be one of the charging stations on the cross-country route between Los Angeles and New York, which will be completed by the end of this year.
With superchargers, Tesla’s Model S electric vehicle allows drivers to drive for three hours, take a half hour break for lunch or coffee, and have their car all charged up and ready to keep going.
Georgeson explains that Tesla Superchargers are by far the world’s most powerful charging technology. They can charge Model S twenty times faster than the public charging stations.
Yuma already has two 240V plugs for electric vehicles in the City Hall parking lot. All are available free of charge. They were donated to the city in 2011 by Chrysler Corporation, when the car maker was testing its electric vehicles.
Source: Yuma Sun