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Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by Paralel2008, Jun 19, 2016.
We need to have SC installed in North Dakota. Have you heard anything about plans for SC?
The smart money says that NC will be the last of the lower 48 to get its first SuperCharger. Arkansas is still in the running, but there's a build team rolling up the I-30, and Texarkana is centered in their sights.
Supercharger | Tesla Motors, click on the 2016 and it shows you what Tesla's thinking to have by the end of the year.
History says that:
- it's not definitive
- they always add fewer each year than they say they're planning to add.
You can use the map to see the areas they're looking.
Then you can check online for permits and news, or contact planning/code enforcement departments to see whether they've had any contact from Tesla.
I think that ND will be the last state to get SC. Right now the additional driving required by taking Interstate 90 from Billings to reach the Twin Cities is not enough for Tesla to worry about by installing Superchargers in eastern Montana and across North Dakota along Interstate 94.
I cannot say with any confidence, but Manitobans and others going to and from Winnipeg to the lower 48 is not a large segment of the Tesla-driving population. Clearly the Fargo area will receive a Supercharger. But it could just as easily be placed in Moorhead.
I think Tesla is about two years away from building out Interstates 94 and 29. In fact, I could see that once Interstate 80 is completed then Tesla will place SC along Interstates like I29.
I hope I am wrong for those who would like to be able to drive that part of the country.
Maybe I should stop checking supercharge.info multiple times a day for permit / construction updates around ND.
Since you are from Fargo, it might be easier to get a mole in the building permit department to keep you informed if/when Tesla applies for a building permit for your area. (Although, it ultimately might be located across the border in Moorhead.)
What is not clear is if Tesla will build north from Fargo to Grand Forks and Winnipeg before or simultaneous to across Interstate 94 to Billings.
We need local sleuths like you to keep our Supercharger permit/construction/opening fix!
On the optimistic side, the recent start of construction for the Oakdale, MN SpC indicates to me that I-94 is on the 2016 build plan. How quickly it will go is anyone's guess. Recall, though, that Montana went from no superchargers to seven in a matter of months, once Tesla focused on I-90.
Possible Fargo SC update - I heard from an "involved party" that there are already talks of putting the Fargo SC in the West Acres Shopping Center parking lot on the 13th Ave side. I called West Acres and the operations manager said he has heard of Tesla, but said he has no clue about a SC. I'm assuming he knows and is keeping it quiet since my source seemed rather detailed about where it was going in the parking lot.
Awesome! A few months ago I submitted that location as a suggestion for a Supercharger location through the Supercharger page online. That would be a great spot to have one for travel along both I-94 & I-29.
A few years ago I submitted the same suggestion. I never heard anything back from the Supercharger team.
Since I live in Fargo and will have at home charging I'm not too concerned about the Fargo SC location. I'm more concerned about the St. Cloud, Jamestown, and Bismarck SC locations.
I heard from an electrician that he is installing a Clipper Creek charger at West Acres. I'm guessing the person I talked to had this confused with a SC. It's looking more and more that the I-94 corridor won't be started until 2017.
I was thinking about a trip through ND and looking at various options. Once I-94 work gets started, it seems clear that several cities are must haves, with little or no alternatives (as shown on the Tesla SC site). For example, assuming Fargo is a given (intersection of I-94 & I-29), the required westward locations include well-spaced Jamestown (96 mi), Bismark (102 mi), and Dickinson (98 mi). Into Montana, there is only one new location on Tesla's 2016 map, but this seems to be a bit too far. I suggest that they will require two, one at Glendive, MT (98 mi to Dickinson) and the other at either Forsyth, Miles City or perhaps Custer (roughly splitting the remaining 222 mi to Billings). Heading north on I-29 requires Grand Forks (80 mi) and Pembina (76 mi) to reach Winnipeg (70 mi). Interestingly, heading south on I-29 shows nothing planned, but will likely require Watertown (145 mi), Sioux Falls (88 mi), and Sioux City(95 mi) to bridge gaps.
So that's a challenge to all you electrical permit hunters. However, if I were to guess, I'd say they won't complete I-94 until next summer. At best, they might finish Minneapolis to Fargo before winter, but even that could be problematic without sites already located.
Spoke with a Tesla employee involved with the supercharger team in Minnesota. They had confirmed St. Cloud (I-94) supercharger before the years end, and Alexandria next year.
Good to hear. How did you get in touch with someone on the team? I've heard that they are pretty tight lipped about this.
Hopefully they don't push the "next year" Alexandria charger out until 2018.
If they provide positive information like with St Cloud, that often means that construction is well underway.
Apparently the team involved met last week with an employee from the Minneapolis Tesla service center, I was also surprised he mentioned the specifics. I just so happened to be there for diagnostics. But he seemed pretty certain. I hope this is the case. Fingers crossed.