The Board of Adjustment is expected to review the application in its next session at Memphis City Hall, 2 PM local time on August 24
With about 6.5 million population and 42,180 mille square area, Tennessee is a one of the small US states; though, given it shares border with eight other states and is visited a lot by the Model S/X owners, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) continues to electrify it. Now, the automaker plans to build a new Supercharger location in Memphis.
The Commercial Appeal reported that Tesla has submitted an application with Memphis & Shelby County Board of Adjustment, requesting for a variance to allow a charging station at 1203 Ridgeway Road, as well as to allow the location to be established less than 100 feet from Ridgeway. The location is considered to be the Park Palace shopping mall in the city.
The Board of Adjustment is expected to review the application in its next session at Memphis City Hall, 2 PM local time on August 24. The company has planned to add eight charging stalls at Memphis Supercharger, allowing owners to shop or dine-in while getting their EVs recharged.
Tesla Installation Program Manager Shawn Gleason noted in a letter to the board, “The charging stations will be placed within an existing row of parking along Ridegway Road with the charge posts and electrical equipment placed behind the curb in an existing landscaped area.”
The main reasons for setting up charging location in Memphis is to strengthen the US Supercharger network for Tesla owners who frequently travel through the city. The Park Palace is close to the Interstate 240 at apartment complex.
It takes just 20 minutes to add 170 miles of driving range via the Supercharger. Memphis station is expected to open before the end of 2016, serving Tesla owners living in the city and those passing by. The station almost fully connects the Interstate 55, which starts from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, it connects Tennessee with Arkansas.
Currently, Tesla has just three Superchargers in Tennessee. The company plans to fully electrify the state by the end of this year. Earlier this month, it opened a Supercharger station in the capital city, Nashville, and a location in Knoxville by the end of May.
Mr. Gleason said that the demand for Tesla cars is accelerating and with the launch of the Model 3 next year the demand is expected to further increase.