The day you can travel coast to coast in your car, without using gas or diesel fuel is almost here. Rockford is helping to connect the dots as an electric recharging hub.
With the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon, Rockford becomes only the second city in the state of Illinois to boast a Tesla supercharger.
"The electric vehicle has a ton of things over the internal combustion engine but range has always been something that has held us back in the ability to take a long distance road trip," says Alexis Georgeson, a Tesla Spokesperson
"It opens up a whole new avenue for me because now I can come to Rockford. From here I can charge up, head way up into Wisconsin, where before I would have to go to an RV park or somewhere and sit for four or five hours while the car charged up," says Sam Carnavacciolo, a Tesla Owner from Flossmoor, IL
Located at CherryVale Mall, the supercharger will supply electricity to those who drive the company's cars for free. Tesla picks up the energy bill.
It can take up to a hour to fully charge the 'Model S', giving drivers a chance to explore area shops and restaurants while they wait.
"CherryVale Mall has been a great partner for us and it's kind of a symbiotic relationship because our owners can stop, they can go shopping, they can grab a bite to eat, use the restrooms quickly while they park and we're bringing business to the communities," says Georgeson.
Carnavacciolo adds, "It's great that they put them at the mall because you have something to do rather than just sit there and twiddle your thumbs while you're waiting."
There are nearly 700 electric Tesla 'Model S' cars in Illinois, and 13,000 worldwide. The cars start at around $60,000 and the price can go up to more than $100,000.
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