Monday, February 05, 2018

Tesla Supercharger stations to be constructed at Westfield Montgomery Mall (Photos)

Tesla has big plans to construct Supercharger stations at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. The company already has what it calls a Destination charging station in the Nordstrom garage. Now the electric car brand plans to install Supercharger stations in that garage, and in the second garage by ArcLight Cinemas.
Tesla Supercharger station at
RIO/Washingtonian Center in
Gaithersburg
Each Supercharger station will have 12 charging spaces for Tesla owners, and the required cabinets and transformers. The mall previously had a small Supercharger station, but it was removed in June 2016. Supercharger stations require as short as a 20 minute stop to reach a 50% charge, while Destination charging stations are for drivers who plan to spend a few hours charging.
Like Westfield Montgomery Mall,
RIO is right at an off-ramp from I-270
The Supercharger equipment is larger, and looks like what you see in these photos from the RIO/Washingtonian Center garage in Gaithersburg, which currently has a Supercharger station. Superchargers are designed for interstate highway-proximate locations such as malls, grocery stores, and urban centers where Tesla drivers can shop, dine or take advantage of entertainment options while charging. The Owner App alerts the driver when the car is charged.
Supercharger parking sign
at RIO
Tesla says it expects the Montgomery Mall Supercharger stations to open by the end of this year. In Maryland, the company says, the current cost of Supercharging is $0.16 per kWh. Model S and X owners receive 400 kWh per year for free.
Tesla Destination charging station
in use now at Westfield Montgomery Mall

A Model X charging at
Montgomery Mall

Destination charger at
Montgomery Mall

The equipment may be different,
but still, Tesla Parking Only!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What are you going to do while your Tesla charges? The only things left in the mall are those awful seasonal shops and a crappy food court

Anonymous said...

I recommend using only Photos #1 and #6 for this article. The rest are extremely redundant and add zero context to the article.

Also, you need to make the "web" version of your blog show only one photo per article on the homepage, as you do on the "mobile" version of your blog. Otherwise you're just forcing your readers to do a ridiculous amount of scrolling to scan all of the day's articles.

Robert Dyer said...

8:51: Ever heard of ArcLight Cinemas? Microsoft Store? Starbucks? Department store shopping? There's actually a pretty good food court, even while the anchor large restaurant spaces are sitting vacant.

8:52: Sour grapes for missing this scoop, with fantastic illustrative photos showing real charging stations in our area, that really help readers understand the story. I have the best and slickest mobile site in Montgomery County news, one of the reasons Bethesda Now is now resting in peace.

Anonymous said...

"Fantastic illustrative photos showing real charging stations in our area, that really help readers understand the story."

What do Photos #2 and #3 show readers, that Photo #1 does not?

Anonymous said...

The haters and trolls roll in...

Anonymous said...

8:51: Ever heard of ArcLight Cinemas? Microsoft Store? Starbucks? Department store shopping? There's actually a pretty good food court, even while the anchor large restaurant spaces are sitting vacant.


Arclight sucks. I've seen 4/5 movies there and somehow the audio has been slightly off for half of them. no refills on popcorn? really? Also drinking some sugar loaded themed drink for a movie is overrated.

Microsoft Store? Wow the rich must definitely be fleeing MoCo if we are hitting up Microsoft Stores for entertainment now. My kids going to be real thrilled with his Surface Pro hopefully he loves it as much as his Zune. I'm the parent who saves the $50 and gets the crappy version of all the Christmas gifts.

Starbucks? Oh while the Tesla charging lets hang out like unemployed grad students and look at our watches until we can leave again.

Amazon has killed department store shopping. Food courts stink and I'm not waiting in line for the overrated Cheesecake Factory (this isn't Nebraska why do we even have one)

Anonymous said...

11:07 AM Physical stores aren't going anywhere. Dyer has been covering Amazon opening a store on Bethesda Row.

Cheesecake Factory packs it in on the weekend. Has to be one of the busiest restaurants in Bethesda on a Saturday night.

Anonymous said...

Moribund MoCo scores again, as Dyer sleeps. "Cisco Systems pays $1.9B for Gaithersburg’s BroadSoft". HUGH!

Anonymous said...

@1:13

if that's true (I don't get out into the suburbs much) then Bethesda has awful taste. They should try visiting the Row and Woodmont more often.

Anonymous said...

1:48 PM I'm not saying it's good or bad, but fact is there are lines waiting to get in to Cheesecake Factory on the weekend. I can't say I've seen lines for anything around Bethesda Row other than Class 520 ice cream on Elm Street.

Robert Dyer said...

1:30: How is someone out-of-state poaching a local business a "score?" Companies acquire MoCo businesses all the time. It doesn't help our economy, especially if the business then moves as a result of the merger.

The benchmark is how many major/Fortune 500 corporate headquarters we attract, and that total is zero for the last two decades.

Moribund MoCo, indeed.

11:07: What do you do when traveling far on the road or by air at rest stops and airports? Spin vintage vinyl and brew your own beer? There's plenty to do for the non-hipster traveling by car who stops 20-40 minutes at Montgomery Mall to charge their Tesla.

Microsoft - ever heard of Xbox? A huge success, and you can play it at their store.

Anonymous said...

@Robert


I'm not 12 and I'm not going to push that age group out of the way to play a video game.

Robert Dyer said...

5:42: You had said your child would be going in, and implied that Microsoft had only second-tier products. I just pointed out they have Xbox One, a very successful and popular game system.

Anonymous said...

"Physical stores aren't going anywhere. Dyer has been covering Amazon opening a store on Bethesda Row."

Barnes & Noble was 37,500 square feet. Amazon Books will be only 6,000 square feet. Bethesda used to have over a dozen new and used bookstores and record & tape stores, now it has zero. If you can't see this obvious trend, there's no talking sense into you.

Anonymous said...

These Tesla charging stations are a total Obama scam. They are popping up all over taking up alot of space and rarely get used except for maybe DC & CA. A Tesla starting price is 130k is it any wonder few can afford such a ridiculously overpriced vehicle. I'm so happy President Trump supports increased domestic oil production and oil independence from the Arabs. These stations will be abandoned eyesores soon enough. #MAGA

Anonymous said...

9:28 AM Presumably that was an attempt at satire.

Bethesda is probably among the top areas in the country in regards to Tesla ownership.