Montana Gets Its First Tesla Supercharger

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 18

All Alone In The Middle Of Nowhere...That's Where The Billings, Montana Supercharger Is Located

All Alone In The Middle Of Nowhere…That’s Where The Billings, Montana Supercharger Is Located

Are there any Tesla Model S owners in Montana?

There must be more Model S owners there then we would guess because Tesla doesn’t install Superchargers where there’s no demand.

Billings, Montana…That’s the location of Tesla first Supercharger station in Montana which was flipped on last month.

Alexis Georgeson, Tesla’s communications director, stated:

“That ability to take a road trip was what was holding people back,.  The Supercharger addresses that.”

“We are putting them along well-traveled corridors based on where customers tell us they want to go.”

According to Georgeson, the Billings Supercharger is “part of a northern tier west-to-east route that begins in Seattle and heads east,” reports the Billings Gazette.

Billings Supercharger

Billings Supercharger

Source: Billings Gazette

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18 responses to "Montana Gets Its First Tesla Supercharger"

  1. Turbofroggy says:

    And the meth heads have stolen the cord, now, no wait, now, it’s gone. It will be worth about $5 at the local no-questions-asked-cash-only metal recycler.

  2. Nate says:

    “Are there any Tesla Model S owners in Montana?”

    Another relevant question — Are there perspective Tesla buyers that would not buy a Tesla if they couldn’t easily travel within MT.

    I’m not a Model S owner, nor do I live in MT. I visit there occasionally. Currently, the Supercharger network would not cover my trips. By the time gen III comes out it should be in better shape.

    Building out the network is not just important for current residents. There are a lot of people that grew up there, or went to college there, but ended up finding employment in other states. They often have reason to go back and visit. There are a lot of people that have never lived there that visit. Tourism is a leading industry for the state — 11 million visited the state last year. Of those that visit, a high % drive because flight options often leave a little to be desired.

  3. scottf200 says:

    I am interested in traveling to Great Falls, MT and from there West to Glacier National Park. Probably will need to go through Bozeman, MT. How do you embed an image?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Just drop the link url in and magical fairies will fix it…just have to be mindful of maximum width at 750 pixels

    2. Nate says:

      Where are you coming from and are you planning to charge at the Billings Supercharger location? If you are going from Billings to the East Glacier GNP entrance, you are adding extra miles to also go through Bozeman and Great Falls. In MT, adding extra miles doesn’t mean 15-20 miles, it means adding a 100-200:)

      1. kdawg says:

        If you go here http://supercharge.info/, you can see they have permitting for Bozeman too.

        (WTH, 2 Superchargers in the middle of Montana and only 1 in the corner of Michigan?) 🙂

        1. Assaf says:

          Funny, lately we seem to be writing clones of the same comment nearly simultaneously 🙂

          Anyway, if you scroll down to my comment you’ll see my (educated?) guess that they’re trying a northern route connecting the Pacific Northwest coast – a Model S hotbed – to the main coast-to-coast route, while passing close to the popular Yellowstone and Glacier road-trip destination.

          They only need 3 additional Superchargers, beyond the Bilings and Bozeman ones, to complete that.

          But even before all these 3-4 are there, a judicious choice of overnight spot (one with an L2 or NEMA 14-50) would suffice for a rather convenient Northwest to MT/WY and further east, or vice versa, Model S road trip.

          1. Nate says:

            Kdawg / Assaf,

            I am aware of the future locations planned for MT, and had also referenced the future locations in another reply that was earlier than these. Yes, there is a location coming in Bozeman. That is cool, and will help connect more routes, but what does it matter in context to this trip if it is not on the way from where they are headed from?

            The reason I replied was I was interested in more details about there trip. It wasn’t clear if they were coming from the East via the Dakotas, from the South (could be different for Denver vs. St Lake) or from the West. The route to East Glacier was 100+ miles longer than another route if it included GF and Bozeman. So, I was interested in more details about where the trip started from and what the desired places to visit were.

      2. scottf200 says:

        It does look like Billings to GF is a straight shot. “222 mi – about 3 hours 38 mins”. Would need to stay at campgrounds probably after that to go through GNP. I’ve been to MT a fair amount.

        1. Nate says:

          Cool. Hope you have a great trip.
          Another idea besides campgrounds for some extra juice might be staying at a vacation rentals instead of hotels?

          I suppose for a Model S you can rig up high powered charging better at the campground. I mention the vacation rental option as an alternative to hotels because I’ve found you have a better chance of charging close to a power source when I’m staying at a Cabin or Home vs. a Hotel where the parking is a free for all. I just came back from a trip where we toured the area north of Mt. St. Helen’s and East of Mt Rainier, and I was able to charge fully each night with the place booked through VRBO.

  4. Ziv says:

    When Montana has a Super Charger you know Tesla is SERIOUS about building out the network! LOL!

    I used to go to college in Billings, it is a very nice small town. Which happens to be the largest city in Montana… 🙂

    We used to call that portion of Montana “The Banana Belt” because it was always so much warmer than the temperatures up on the Hi-Line where I grew up.

    1. Nate says:

      Check out how many locations they want to have in MT by the end of 2014, as well as in 2015. Yeah, they have to be serious if they follow through with some of those locations.
      http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

      I thought we were in the Banana belt when we were in Missoula, as it was warmer than where we lived outside of Helena east of the continental divide (as well as Bozeman, GF, Billings). However, I suppose all those places are warm compared to the Hi-Line.

      1. Ziv says:

        Nate, I have been looking at those maps for 2014 and 2015 and Tesla usually delivers a bit late, but they deliver. That is going to be an incredible achievement!
        I was hoping to see the Salina KS-Bloomington IL gap close soon, but there are so many new Super Chargers coming so quick focusing on one is silly.
        Missoula was the Far Country. We only got there every couple years for AAU Track Meets, State Basketball, and such. It looked pretty nice to a 17 year old kid. Everywhere looked more civilized/warmer than the Hi-Line, though…

  5. Assaf says:

    According to http://supercharge.info/, there’s already a permit out for a Bozeman MT supercharger.

    Then they will only need one around Couer D’Alene and one near the MT/ID border, to connect most of Montana to the Pacific Northwest coast.

    One additional charger in Wyoming, and the entire route will connect to their existing coast-to-coast network.

    Meanwhile, they seem to be a single in-construction charger (in SW Utah) away from making that main LA-to-DC line hundreds of miles shorter by cutting via Las Vegas instead of the current Four Corners detour. This will also enable the first large regional Supercharger-only loop tour, encompassing CA/NV/UT/CO/NM/AZ and back.

    In short, progress continues – not nearly the blistering pace of last winter, and not quite as fast as advertised, but still respectable.

  6. offib says:

    Is this Montana’s first electric charger?

    1. Jeff D says:

      According to PlugShare, this Supercharger is the only DC quick charge in the state. Most charging is Nema 14-50 at RV parks. There is a J1772 near Kalispell, one in Billings, and a couple in Helena. So they do not have many dedicated EV chargers. Most charging locations are primarily for RVs.

  7. SeattleTeslaGuy says:

    What’s going on is the Supercharging of I94 as part of the Northern Transcontinental Route. Look at Tesla’s 2014 Map and you will see that there are a number of other SCs planned for I94. Coeur d’Alene (on the coming soon map), Missoula, Bozeman and then several SCs I90 through Wyoming to Rapid City, SD.

    Hopefully, the 2014 map will actually come true in 2014 and I can drive from Seattle to NYC on superchargers.

  8. Ed says:

    “Are there any Tesla Model S owners in Montana?
    There must be more Model S owners there then we would guess because Tesla doesn’t install Superchargers where there’s no demand.”
    I’ve seen this mistaken assumption here before. The superchargers aren’t installed where owners are, they are installed to enable long distance travel.