Tesla Destination Chargers (Image Credit: Tesla)
Norfolk, Virginia is one of a number of U.S. cities attempting to further its image as a "green" city of the future, and Tesla is willing to help the cause.
Norfolk is a popular, waterfront tourist destination on the Chesapeake Bay, with Virginia Beach nearby. Tesla has graciously voiced its willingness to donate 100 Destination Chargers to the city, free of charge and including installation. Though the Norfolk City Council has yet to honor the donation, it's expected that the city will accept the proposition at an upcoming public meeting.
Every Destination Charging installation costs around $550. It is not uncommon for Tesla to cover the cost of these chargers and installations, however, this is a pretty tall order. Generally, Tesla will cover the first two units, and then it's up to the business if they choose to expand.
It helps both the business owners and the automaker by giving the company positive exposure and bringing exclusive patrons to the business location or municipality. The only monetary commitment from the city is paying for the electricity itself, which is estimated to cost about $1.50 per vehicle charging session. Tesla's website explains:
For properties where people stay for several hours or overnight, the installation of Destination Charging facilities is recommended. Qualified properties receive their first two Tesla Wall Connectors at no cost, on the condition that they are installed in visible or convenient locations. Read our Destination Charging Brochure for more information.
If the city council approves the installation, the particular Destination Chargers will be placed in city-owned parking garages throughout Norfolk. Although no specific decisions have been made, the following garages would likely receive the EV charging stations:
- York Street
- Main Street
- The Main
- MacArthur South
- Town Point
- Fountain Park
- West Plume Lane
- Boush Street
- Bank Street
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