Ocala is now on the map for Tesla drivers

Ocala can now be found on Tesla owner’s 17-inch touchscreen in the car’s center console for having a Tesla supercharge station. The California based manufacturer completed an eight-stall Supercharge power station off State Road 200. The station is available 24 hours and includes an open-air setup with gas-pump-style chargers and extended power cords. Ocala joins Brandon, Fort Drum, Fort Myers, Lake City, Port Orange, Port St. Lucie, St. Augustine, and Turkey Lake with Tesla Supercharge locations in Florida. Tesla owners whose cars are set up with adapters for the Supercharge station receive free charges at all Tesla Supercharge stations. Owners of the electric luxury car can now drive from Maine to Miami and from San Diego to Vancouver without paying for gas. The company now has 144 North American charging sites with plans to expand. Florida is behind California for the most charging sites in the country.

Tesla cars cost around $71,000 and are equipped to be charged at home. The special charging equipment to us the Supercharge stations allow the Model S to run about 170 miles in 30 minutes or half a charge in 20 minutes. It takes 75 minutes to complete a full charge. The Model S gets the equivalent of 89 miles per gallon of gas. This specific model is fast and produces zero emissions. Tesla Model X, the SUV crossover, will be released this fall. The company plans to release the Model 3 in 2017 and is expected to sell between $35,000 to $40,000. Tesla is also experimenting with a drop-out battery pack. The pack is an exchange program that provides the driver with a battery swap in less than half the time it takes to fill a gas tank. The Florida Tesla Enthusiast club embraces the company for their model, maintenance, and fuel savings. 

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