Tesla takes Manhattan. In an effort to increase compatibility between its brand and the Big Apple, Tesla has partnered with about two dozen parking garages to provide high-speed 240 volt charging stations for its Model S sedan.
Urban drivers generally face a more difficult task when compared to suburbanites when it comes to reliably charging their electric vehicles. While Telsa has deployed “destination chargers” at restaurants, resorts, and casinos, the urban landscape remains devoid of such convenience. Additionally, a barrage of “Superchargers” quickly charge EVs along major highways during longer trips, but I suspect these stations may not yet be available on the BQE.
Hopefully I’m wrong, but I digress. Alexis Georgeson has this to say in a recent New York Times article:
“We wanted to move to an urban charging network that meets the needs of those who live in apartments or commute into a big city. Naturally, Manhattan was the place to try this for the first time.”
Naturally, charging is charged for in these select Manhattan garages, the number of which seems destined to grow beyond a few dozen in the year to come. The garages will determine the additional dough required to charge the EVs in addition to renting the precious parking real estate.
Finally, well-to-do Manhattanites will have one of their many problems alleviated. An Upper Westside resident, who will remain anonymous, lamented the challenge of charging their speedy Tesla Model S P85D, though they quite enjoyed cruising it around town this summer and out to the Hamptons. The driver charges the car 15 blocks away from their apartment for days at a time in order to achieve a full charge. “It’s a difficult thing with this car,” they say, “Everything else is fantastic; it’s just this one thing.”
Tesla’s new plan will decrease charging time and increase accessibility. Parking companies such as ParkIt, Quik Park, iPark, Champion, and Prime Parking Systems have agreed to offer charging in some of their garages as well as hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria.
While this writer will continue to walk, on a personal note, it’s nice to see the affluent of the city will be conveniently encouraged to drive electric.