Tesla brings “Supercharger” to Rocky Mount

California-based electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors will open its second Supercharger station in North Carolina this Thursday on the grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Rocky Mount.

Charging will be available for owners of Tesla’s Model S sedan, a high-performance luxury vehicle capable of 120 mph top speed with a travel range of more than 200 miles at 55 mph.

The Supercharger stations are key to a significant infrastructure program Tesla is implementing to enable greater range for its popular high-end vehicles. The company just completed its first major corridor of Superchargers, enabling travel from San Diego to Vancouver. 31 of these stations are currently in operation in North America.

Tesla sees the new Supercharger station in Rocky Mount as critical to its expansion in the Eastern United States. The station will provide “an important link in connecting East Coast travelers between Boston and Miami.”

So far, these stations have provided Model S vehicles with over 4 million supercharged miles. Tesla claims these stations have reduced national consumption of motor fuel by nearly 200,000 gallons.

Superchargers can facilitate a 50% charge of the Model S battery system in 20 minutes, with 200 miles worth of charge achieved in a half-hour. Stations will be located between city centers to enable free long-distance travel for about three hours at a time.

A public grand opening of the charging station will take place Thursday, November 14th, at 10 a.m., featuring on-site Tesla S show vehicles. The station will be available for use on November 14th as well.