has announced that it has installed
charging stations that will charge the Tesla Roadster to full
capacity in 3.5 hours along highway 101 between San Francisco and Los
Angeles. One of the stations that has been installed is powered from
"This charging station corridor
demonstrates an important component of SolarCity's vision for a
carbon-free lifestyle. We're combining clean, renewable solar power
with all-electric transportation, allowing drivers to travel through
California with zero emissions," said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive.
Four chargers are arrayed along the stretch of highway and
are located in Salinas, Atascadero, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo.
By the middle of October a fifth power station will come online in
Goleta. The Santa Maria station gets
the juice it needs from a 30kW solar array.
All of the
charging stations produce 240V at 70 amps and only fit the Tesla
Roadster at this time. SolarCity plans to refit the charge stations
in the near future to work with all electric vehicles. The SolarCity
owned charge stations are all located at Rabobank locations with the
San Luis Obispo location being owned by the city and located in a
"We hope that this corridor of charging
stations provides new travel opportunities for electric vehicle
owners and gives further momentum to the renewable energy movement,"
said Marco Krapels, co-chair of Rabobank's Corporate Social
Tesla recently shipped
its 700th Roadster and is one of the best known names in electric