Tesla opens Supercharger network for Vancouver/Seattle/Portland corridor
Tesla Motors today expanded the Supercharger network into the corridor between Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA, and Portland OR. The move begins to form the West Coast skeleton of the network, that allows Tesla Model S owners to drive for free, with as much freedom to take road trips as gasoline car owners have.
The new stations are located in Burlington, WA, between Seattle and Vancouver, and in Centralia, WA, between Seattle and Portland.
The Burlington station is located right off I-5, about half-way between Seattle and Vancouver BC, and will serve useful for linking Model S owners in those cities, Bellingham, and other cities in that vicinity. The address appears to be a major travel center, with a truck stop and small shopping center. The Centralia station is similarly just off I-5, in a shopping area, and is located just south of Tacoma.
That these stations are located next to existing road-side service areas, between major metropolitan areas, is part of Tesla's plan. It makes the Supercharger stations useful for those taking a road trip with a Model S. Having the stations next to existing shopping and eateries makes them that much more convenient to use.