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Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and CBL & Associates Properties Inc. have struck a deal to put Tesla's fast-charging technology at five malls across the U.S.
Five Supercharger points stations will appear at CBL-owned malls at Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers, FL; The Pavilion at Port Orange in Port Orange, FL; Alamance Crossing in Burlington, NC; CherryVale Mall in Rockford, IL and Imperial Valley in El Centro, CA.
The mall-sited chargers are the latest step in Tesla's efforts to build an electric corridoor across the U.S, allowing Model S owners--and owners of Tesla's future electric vehicles--to embark upon long trips coast-to-coast with little interruption.
While many of the Supercharger stations will be located on highways, the mall locations mean Tesla owners can partake in some retail therapy while their cars charge.
Even a brief 20-minute stop will be enough to deliver half a charge, and while it isn't clear how many chargers will be located at each point, there should be enough for a few owners to charge their cars simultaneously.
Tesla Motors recently unveiled its full expansion plans for the Supercharger network.
From just a handful of stations today, the network will comprise hundreds of stations and thousands of individual chargers by 2015, with wide enough coverage for 98 percent of the U.S. and Canadian population.
Stations will be most frequent on well-traveled routes, with no more than 80-100 miles between the closest stations--well within the range of any Tesla vehicle.
As Jim Ward, CBL's Vice President of Brand Development puts it, Tesla owners will appreciate "the convenience of charging their vehicles at our well-located shopping centers", with shopping, dining and entertainment all available as owners charge.
With more mall locations expected, plus those other chargers, driving a Tesla over any distance will soon require very little compromise indeed.