Washington State Welcomes Two New Tesla Supercharging Stations (w/videos)

JUL 29 2013 BY MARK KANE 13

Tesla Superchargers

Tesla Superchargers

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

A few days ago, Tesla opened two Supercharging stations (we posted a brief blurb on the one in Burlington here) in Washington state.

This means that Washington becomes the fifth state with Supercharging infrastructure. The newest stations are located at:

  • Centralia, WA I-5 exit 82 Harrison Ave
  • Burlington, WA I-5 exit 232 Cook Rd

The Centralia station has 10 spots, so if we assume 120 kW each, total power should be in 1.2 MW range, but it is rather about 600 kW (probably two spots per one Supercharger). Burlington has “only” eight spots.

Now, only two or maybe three in Oregon are needed for the “Tesla Electric Highway” to be completed on the West Coast.

With 15 Supercharging stations in US and probably one hundred Supercharging points, Tesla Motors seems to be (or soon will be) ahead of Aerovironment and ECOtality in terms of DC quick charge points (not station count).  Tesla likely leads the two aforementioned EVSE providers in combined power levels and possibly even the amount of energy delivered.

Who could have thought Tesla would grow its Supercharging infrastructure this quickly?  It has not even been a year since the first Supercharger went live and Tesla is already a major infrastructure provider in US.

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13 Comments on "Washington State Welcomes Two New Tesla Supercharging Stations (w/videos)"

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Thanks Mark, but, well, where do I start…

First, 120kW is the max/peak power and is shared between at least two charging docks, so the worst-case total power draw for a 10-slot SC would be at most 600kW or whatever Tesla or the utilities decided, whichever is less.

Next, ECOtality/Blink and Aerovironment are far from being the only non-Tesla quick-charging stations providers in the US; at the very least evGo, Nissan and Chargepoint should also be included, just check e.g. on PlugShare what’s around nowadays…
Sure Tesla’s quick-charger roll-out in the US is impressive, but in all fairness it remains modest compared to the manufacturer-independent 300-station strong CHAdeMO deployment also underway.

Last, while I am sure Model S owners like to know of a new SC location, unfortunately such news get a bit boring for the rest of us… Would you be willing to run a story every time any quick-charger opens anywhere (as opposed to just Tesla’s), or do you feel it’d quickly get old?


I thought this news was refreshing and rather relevant after the barrage of BMW i3 news, a car that we are not going to see here for another year.

And there is also a vast difference on one hand between the superchargers, the included cost, and simplicity of use, how far they allow a Model S to go, and on the other hand the CHAdeMO stations ran by questionable entities with various subscription costs and authentication methods, and the strategy of deploying ONE per location, that may or may not be available or functional. Not to mention what multiple sequential CHAdeMO fast charging events do to the non-thermally managed LEAF battery.

Many of us don’t care directly either way. Either we only have a J1772 plug, or a plugin hybrid vehicle that would happily burn dino juice (gasp!) for a long trip. However, without deifying Tesla, if it wasn’t for them and what they are making possible, very few of us would be driving plugins right now. And that is news-worthy.

Well, that was fast. Sad but all-too-revealing: undeserved, baseless smear. vdiv, sorry in advance if I’m wrong but I trust that you have never used any quick-charger nor have any experience with the Leaf; yet you’re just fine repeating preconceptions you came across elsewhere on the ‘net, the “wisdom” of the (non-EV-driving) crowd I presume; maybe because it is cool or trendy, makes one feels “I belong”? Two previous occurrences which struck me: Better Place troubles deepen — every non-customer comment how stupid the battery swapping concept was in the first place anyway. Tesla demoes the same stuff — stock shoots up (even though no such swapping station exists yet, or may ever), people praise Elon Musk’s vision. Silex announces its hypercharger concept — gets dismissed; “vaporware”, “impractical”. Tesla says to be considering the same — gets great coverage, some even already anticipate that the Model S will charge in 5 minutes in the near future (of course it won’t). There seems to be some pro-Tesla “collective blindness” built up in the media and some of the public. No big deal except that it turns more and more into an anti-any-other-EV fest, and this is damaging to electrification in general.… Read more »

We hear what you are saying io, but a new supercharger station is still newsworthy at this point. Eventually they won’t be…hopefully that is sooner rather than later.

That being said, I think if a story isn’t of interest to many people, or is of low interest, they just read the headline/check out the thumbnail on the front page and move on….that’s why we designed the front page to hold so many stories, and why we try to cover a dozen or so stories a day, so people can’t hopefully find something that interests them.

/its all good…see you around, (=

As a LEAF driver, who uses DCQC more often than most, I do think the attention Tesla gets is deserving. The concept of having 200+ mile EV range, and only needing DCQC for road trips, totally changes the use case as compared to a “100 BEV”. It exponentially reduces the required public infrastructure. Battery swapping may or may not turn out to be a commercial success, but credit probably should go to Tesla on the idea if you can believe tweets from Mr. Musk (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/346895679471357952). To be fair, if Better Place was selling Model S as their battery swap vehicle, their fate may have been different. As far as manufacturing volumes, Tesla will not change the world themselves, and are not aspiring to (they offer their drivetrain to anyone who will buy it). If you watch the Teslive video, Musk eagerly wants competition and is disappointed by the lack of it. The vision is to “advance the inevitable switch to electrified transportation by at least a decade”. Their effort to change the golf cart perception of EVs has already had a massive impact on the industry (note the many references Bob Lutz has made to the Roadster being the catalyst… Read more »

Power level corrected.
I belive that other providers don’t have many DC.

Mark…great article I enjoyed it. Keep them coming!

Anyone notice the huge pad transformer for the chargers and the dinky single phase one for the corner store? hehe…

So , Mr. IO are the 120 kw chargers divided up amoungst 4 cars or only 2? In other words if all 4 cars started charging they would only get 30 kw a piece until one of them started filling up?

Bill, my understanding is that each 90 or 120kW charger is shared between 2 charging slots, hence the usual numbering 1A 1B, 2A 2B etc.
4 cars on 4 adjacent spots would get e.g. 60kW each (assuming they’re all happy accepting that much).

While I’m not aware of SCs split higher than 2:1, chargers on one same site can be restricted from all operating at 100% simultaneously. For an installation such as the one above, it well could be that Tesla capped the whole system to somewhat below the sum of all chargers, say 400kW instead of 600, if necessary to keep demand charges or other costs from shooting higher than a Falcon 9…

Interesting sign. It says:

30 minute parking only
except for electric vehicle charging

This sort of makes no sense. In fact, the best sense I can make out of the meaning of this sign is that anyone can park there for 30 minutes, except people who are charging an electric car. And then it is still ambiguous as to whether that means the exception is that you must be there even less than 30 minutes, or you are allowed more time.

Also, I’m guessing this particular setup requires somebody to back their car in. While I would have no problem with this, I can see a lot of drivers would, especially women. I do think it was a mistake for Tesla to put the charging port on the rear of the car. Nissan got it right, in my opinion, putting it right on the front. This allows the most versatility.

great videos, keep posting about Tesla charging station!

David, the sign is there to prevent people who don’t have an electric car or don’t need to charge from just leaving their car there over night or for however long. They just don’t want people who aren’t using the charger to leave their car there for more than 30min and take up room – there are spots on the other side without the chargers that do let you do that though. I’m not sure what you mean by needing someone to back you in. It’s no different from a normal parking spot in regards to parking the car.