Tesla Motors electric car charging station coming to Port St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The first supercharging station for electric vehicles on the Treasure Coast will come to the city by the end of the year, according to Port St. Lucie city officials.

Tesla Motors is expected to build eight supercharging connections at the proposed location of Town Center at St. Lucie West, off Peacock Boulevard.

Mayor Joann Faiella said, during a press conference at City Hall, that the business would not cost taxpayers any money, and she hoped it would promote the city's "green" image.

"We are always conscious about being environmentally safe, with clean energy," said Faiella. "This is great for (preventing) pollution. If you look at these cars, there's no oil change, no smoke coming out of the exhaust, you just plug in and go."

Faiella said a super-charging station would take half the time a regular charging station would take. The Tesla Motors website said a thirty-minute charge could take an electric car 200 miles.

"We are focused on keeping Port St. Lucie beautiful," said Faiella. "I drove the Tesla S300 myself. It was like riding a Rolls Royce. People were telling me they owned an electric car, but they didn't want to charge their cars at dealerships. I asked Tesla, 'Why aren't you in Port St. Lucie?' so that's how we started negotiating."

Faiella hopes Tesla will eventually build a manufacturing facility in the city. In the meantime, she expects the charging stations will be done

"It's not going to take that long to get it done," said Faiella. "(Tesla) promised me they would hire all local contractors, so that will be a small economic boost temporarily. I'm thinking by October, we will have the stations ready."

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