Tesla charging station in Kingman part of national network

A Tesla electric car charging station has been installed at the Carl’s Jr. location on Beale Street in downtown Kingman. (EVE HANNA/Miner)

A Tesla electric car charging station has been installed at the Carl’s Jr. location on Beale Street in downtown Kingman. (EVE HANNA/Miner)

KINGMAN - Automaker Tesla Motors is installing a new charging station for its electric cars at the Carl's Jr. location on Beale Street in downtown Kingman. Restaurant manager Jamal Curtis reports that installation should be complete in a couple of weeks.

According to Telsa spokesperson Alexis Georgeson, the company has opened three other Arizona "supercharger stations" over the past couple of months in Quartzsite, Holbrook and Flagstaff.

Supercharging is free for Tesla owners and the automaker pays for the station's installation and for the electricity. The Tesla chargers are not compatible with other electric vehicles, primarily because "other manufacturer's vehicles aren't built to handle 120 kilowatts of power," said Georgeson.

The superchargers are reportedly part of a nationwide network along major corridors that will provide "free long distance travel across the country... from Los Angeles to New York," according to Georgeson, "with charging stations being strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops."

The company is locating chargers near amenities such as restaurants and shopping centers so that travelers can have their vehicles charged by the time they've finished a quick meal. The network is nearing completion and a map of charging locations may be viewed at: www.teslamotors.com/supercharger.

Tesla reports the Model S has a range of 265 miles (calculated at 55 mph) on a full charge, with a 150-mile half-charge taking approximately 20 minutes. The automaker claims acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph with zero emissions is reported.

No tiny subcompact, the Model S is a full-size, four-door sedan with seating for five adults and two rear-facing child seats optional.

With a base cash price of $71,070 the Model S isn't cheap. However, after the automaker factors in tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles, dollars saved at the gas pump, and time saved because AFVs are permitted to use carpool lanes regardless of the number of passengers, they claim an "effective monthly cost" of $609 per month. This figure includes a credit based upon residual value after three years of ownership. This means the company guarantees a resale value that exceeds the principal remaining on the loan.

The automaker reports that independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating overall and in every subcategory in 2013.