Tesla supercharging station coming to Ruston

Eight Tesla supercharging stations should be operational in Ruston by end of the year.

 

Tesla owners in Lincoln Parish will soon have a place to charge their vehicles.

Lincoln Parish Economic Development Director Phillip Smart confirmed that eight Tesla Superchargers (alternate fuel corridors) are being installed on 1315 Eagle Drive, adjacent to the multi-tenant shopping center by Wal Mart.

Smart said a company called MRP Ruston, LLC., is installing them.

According to Tesla’s website, there are over 35,000 Tesla Superchargers globally although these will be the first of their kind in Lincoln Parish.

Ruston resident George Butler bought his Tesla back in 2020. According to Butler, the chargers will be more for those folks driving through Ruston as opposed to those people in the parish who own a Tesla.

“My guess is the people in Lincoln Parish who own Tesla’s have their own chargers at home like I do,” said Butler. “It will be people coming through Ruston who will use them. I was up in Texarkana the other day, and I used the ones they have. It was 150 kilowatts. But these they are installing are 250 kilowatts. This will be a plus to Ruston because people will stop here to use them.”

Butler said that the most common Tesla charger is the 150 kilowatt so Ruston will have the most recent — and faster — version.

According to the Tesla website, superchargers can add up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Since charging above 80 percent is rarely necessary, stops are typically short and convenient. Tesla Superchargers can fully charge a Tesla within 30 to 45 minutes.

Smart said that the latest timeline has the eight Tesla Superchargers being operational by the end of this year.

He also said that the City of Ruston is looking for a location where it can install Volkswagon brand charging stations. Smart was not able to give a timeline on this project, saying a lot was dependent upon determining a location.


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