Dozens of Tesla drivers converged on Denton Saturday morning to officially add the city as a charge-up stop on their maps.
The station features six charging areas near the back of the shopping complex parking lot where drivers of the high-ticket electric cars can get a full, free charge in about an hour.
“On a Tesla that could take 5 to 10 hours if you’re just plugged into a wall,” said North Texas Tesla driver Rick Bollar.
Tesla has installed the stations in nearly 600 spots across the country, according to their website, with the next closest stops being Waco, Corsicana, and Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Drivers said the addition of the Denton station will now give them a clear path to go from Victoria, Texas all the way to Seattle, or most other major cities, without ever having to pay to fuel up on power.
“You just go to the next one and you watch your screen,” said Jerry Jorgenson showing how his vehicle’s navigation automatically displays the supercharge stations.
It’s not just Tesla drivers who benefit.
During a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, Denton City leaders said this was a great opportunity for the city to draw in new visitors.
“Bring additional tax dollars and bring people into the community who may have never come to the community,” said Mayor Chris Watts.
Watts also said the presence of Tesla fits well with Denton’s push towards green energy, as well as the DFW area’s commitment to cleaner sources.
“We have over 3,000 electric cars registered in our region, so we really are leading the region and this is just an example of that,” said Air Quality Planner Lori Clark from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
The new charging station is open 24 hours a day.