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Tesla Charging Station … It’s On!

Posted by Phil Holman on Jul 16, 2017 11:08:36 AM

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Fourstar Opens 24/7 Electric Cars Charging Stations to the Public!

In keeping with our community outreach and social responsibility initiatives, we recently kicked off our Tesla charging station program.

Tesla Charging Station 2_IMG_1383.jpgFourstar has two charging stations—open to anyone who needs to charge a car (that is compatible with these chargers). We are registered on Plugshare—available to access online or through a cellphone app. The app is a great way to have all the information at your fingertips while on the road—and it allows you to plug in your car specs and requirements to show you where you can find a compatible charging station.

Here’s what you need to know about the Fourstar charging station: 

  • Charging is free to the public
  • It is available 24/7
  • Free WiFi is available while charging: “Tesla-Charger” is the network; no password required
  • If you are charging during business hours, you are welcome to use the bathrooms

Common Questions about Tesla Charging Stations

Not everyone is familiar with electric vehicles and what is required or available regarding charging. We’ve answered a few commonly asked questions. So, if you are considering making the switch to an electric car, or have family or friends who have a car that may need a Tesla charging station, please pass this along!

  • If people don’t use Plugshare, can they use the charger? 

Yes, but that is the only way to find this electric care charging station other than if you know about it through a referral (like this blog) or drive through Fourstar’s parking lot. We are currently on Plugshare, but may post our charging information on other websites that serve electric car owners—so look for those in the future.

  • Does someone “reserve” a spot via Plugshare?

Some websites do monitor usage and report when the charger is occupied. Otherwise, drivers can simply show up, and if no one is using the chargers, they are available for use.

  • If the chargers are in use, what does a person do?

It is up to the driver to choose to wait for a charger to become available.

  • How long does it typically take to charge a car? 

You get approximately 30 driving miles per hour of charge at 40 AMPs.

  • What is a “destination charger?”
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These chargers are called “destination chargers,” and are designed to give you enough charge to get to your destination. If you put your destination into your onboard GPS, the car software will tell you when you have enough charge to go to your destination. The general recommendation is to calculate your driving distance plus an additional 10 percent.

  • Can only Tesla cars charge here? 

Yes, these are designed with plugs that only adapt to Tesla technology vehicles. (Tesla does license their technology for other vehicles.)

  • What is the APMS rating for the charger(s)?

Each charger is rated at 40 AMPS. If you have dual chargers installed on your vehicle (which is an option on Tesla vehicles) and no one is using the second charger, you can charge at 80 AMPs.

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