The price of fuel in Golden has dropped approximately 15 cents per litre over the past month, but there’s at least one group of car owners that won’t give that too much thought, namely those with a Tesla sitting in their garages.
In fact, Golden is soon to become a strategic stop for Tesla owners, as a brand-new Tesla supercharger station is set to be built at the Travelodge Hotel on Highway. 1.
Tesla vehicles, which run on electric motors, get about 400 km on a full charge, making Golden a no-brainer location for a station.
“It’s a good market, we’re a resort town and strategically located on the Trans-Canada. It’ll be a good spot for that initial Tesla traffic to come and visit,” said Phil Armstrong, manager of development services at the Town of Golden.
Armstrong has already reviewed and approved the plans for the charging station. The permits for construction were issued last week, and Tesla representatives said the station should be up and running by the end of the year.
Tesla superchargers can give a vehicle a half-charge in as little as 20 minutes and the service is free for Tesla owners. As of now, the only station in B.C. is located in Squamish, but in addition to the construction of one in Golden, there are plans for stations to be built in Kamloops, Revelstoke, Canmore, and several other locations across Western Canada.
Tesla owners can use non-Tesla charging stations to “re-fuel” their cars, but that can be time consuming compared to the speed of the company’s superchargers.
According to Tesla’s website, superchargers are typically placed near amenities such as restaurants and cafes so road-trippers can have a meal or a drink while waiting for their car to charge.
Tesla’s Model S starts at a cool $78,970, but the company has plans to introduce more wallet-friendly vehicles in the near future, including a four-wheel drive SUV.