More Charging Stations Give Electric Cars More Range

Shelley Schlender
January 2016

Neil Belmore and his son Matt are on a road trip from Toronto to Palo Alto, California – 4300 kilometers – driving without stopping for gas. They’re powering up their all-electric Tesla Model S at charging stations along the way.

Not too long ago, electric car owners couldn’t plan a road trip like that. The lack of charging stations outside of major cities kept them fairly close to home. That, and the high price tag of electric cars, meant these alternative vehicles were only a tiny slice of the auto market.

Dawn of the electric age?

But at least one of those obstacles is being overcome. It’s getting easier to find charging stations all across the country, and around the world.  Many Internet maps can now display the expanding network.

There are several stations in the parking lot of a luxury Colorado shopping center. The parking lot attendant calls the sleek oval electric charging stands a bargain.

“We give you one hour free to charge your Tesla,” he explained.

In Kansas, after driving down a country road surrounded by sunflowers and growing crops, Tesla drivers can power up for free at a Holiday Inn. That’s where the Belmores have stopped to plug in their shiny black Tesla. Neil says he and his son are sharing the driving.

“He’s a very fast Tesla driver, I have to say.  He makes me nervous.”  Matt laughed.

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