Bibb busi­nesses will likely ben­e­fit from the in­creas­ing num­ber of charg­ing sta­tions for Tesla elec­tric cars.

The Telegraph (Macon) - - Front Page - BY LINDA S. MOR­RIS lmor­[email protected]

When Laura Nagel trav­els from her Gainesville home north­east of At­lanta to visit her daugh­ter in Sa­van­nah, she pulls into a park­ing lot be­hind Macon’s down­town Vis­i­tors Cen­ter to park for about 30 min­utes. Some­times she grabs a meal down­town, but that’s not why she stops here.

She uses one of eight Tesla charg­ing sta­tions to re­fresh her car’s bat­ter­ies be­fore con­tin­u­ing her trek east. The sta­tions are avail­able to any­one driv­ing a Tesla and free to use.

“I’m de­lighted that these are here,” Nagel said. “But they are re­ally off the beaten track.”

In the fu­ture, she may be pulling onto Tom Hill Sr. Boule­vard off the In­ter­state 75 exit to charge her car at one of 10 charg­ing sta­tions be­ing in­stalled be­tween Pan­era Bread and Bat­ter­ies Plus.

“I am so grate­ful that they are (down­town) and that you are get­ting more,” Nagel said. It took about 30 min­utes to fully charge her car.

An­other user, John Pa­s­torek from Sa­van­nah, grabbed a cup of cof­fee from the Deca­dent Dessert Bar down­town while his car was charg­ing. He was on the way to At­lanta to take his daugh­ter to a swim meet.

“I make this trip about twice a year,” Pa­s­torek said. “It’s a com­muter car ... and I never go to a gas sta­tion. I could never go back to a gas ( pow­ered) car.”

Thurs­day af­ter­noon, all the sta­tions were full at the down­town lo­ca­tion which were in­stalled by Tesla in 2014 on a lot owned by the Ma­conBibb County Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity. There are other Tesla charg­ing sta­tions in Mid­dle Ge­or­gia but most are at ho­tels with just one sta­tion which are avail­able only to guests.

While there are other elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions around the area, the elec­tric plug at the Tesla sta­tions only fits Tesla cars.

Alex Mor­ri­son, exec- utive di­rec­tor of the au­thor­ity, said the sta­tions stay busy and not just by vis­i­tors.

“I think it’s fifty-fifty ( per­cent) with peo­ple from the area and peo­ple who are just driv­ing through,” Mor­ri­son said.

Un­for­tu­nately, the com­pany would not say when the new charg­ing sta­tions in north Macon will be op­er­a­tional or even ac­knowl­edge their lo­ca­tion.

“Ex­act tim­ing and spe­cific lo­ca­tion of fu­ture Su­per­charg­ing sta­tions can vary, so we gen­er­ally don’t dis­cuss the de­tails of these lo­ca­tions or com­ment un­til they’re open,” ac­cord­ing to an email in re­ply to a me­dia re­quest to the com­pany.

LINDA S. MOR­RIS lmor­[email protected]

Ten Tesla charg­ing sta­tions are be­ing in­stalled on Tom Hill Sr. Boule­vard in north Macon. In 2014, eight sta­tions were built be­hind the Vis­i­tors Cen­ter in down­town Macon.

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