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May 30, 2016 12:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tesla Installs Charging Stations On County Road 39

Eight Tesla charging stations were installed at the Cafe Crust parking lot in Southampton. GREG WEHNER
May 31, 2016 9:48 AM

Drivers of electric vehicles can charge their cars while grabbing a bite, now that eight Tesla Superchargers have been installed outside Cafe Crust on County Road 39 in Southampton.

Each charger is capable of providing as much 120 kilowatts of power—which equates to roughly 150 miles of driving—in 30 minutes.

“As Tesla sees it, a critical component of the adoption of electric vehicles is to create a seamless and convenient charging experience wherever owners choose to travel,” Sonja Koch, the communications coordinator at Tesla, said in an email about the company’s decision to put chargers in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Ms. Koch said Tesla strategically places Superchargers along corridors that owners of the vehicles—which start at approximately $70,000 to purchase—like to travel. “Superchargers are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes and shopping centers, so road-trippers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they’re done,” she said.

Even though the idea sounds like it could help local businesses, David Wiesneski, the owner of Cafe Crust, said he has mixed feelings about the charging stations. Mr. Wiesneski said he thinks it would be great for people to come in and grab a drink and a bite at his restaurant, but that he fears that Tesla drivers will simply plug in and ask to use his bathroom—and unload their garbage on the premises.

“It’s not a family of four cruising around in a Tesla,” Mr. Wiesneski said.

Tesla charging terminals can also be found at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, the White Fences Inn in Water Mill, and the Montauk Yacht Club.

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Going to need a recharge after sitting in 39 traffic.
By bridge (7), bridgehampton on May 30, 16 4:39 PM
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It takes 1/2 hour to charge the car in order to drive 150 miles? That's a tough sell to people who have busy lives.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Southampton on May 30, 16 4:48 PM
How often do you drive more than 150 miles in a day?
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 30, 16 9:09 PM
Most owners of Electric Vehicles charge their cars at home, overnight, so there is no time impact on their busy lives. These charging stations are to make road trips easier, and Tesla's network of Superchargers are mostly located at highway reststops and/or outside restaurants, specifically so drivers can pull over when the need to eat, go to the bathroom, etc...So, they don't really end up "waiting" since they are inside eating.
By TheWaterMillian (34), Water Mill on May 31, 16 8:27 AM
Are these only for Tesla cars or may other electric vehicles plug in, like the Toyota all-electric Prius? What if too many vehicles show up, will there be jockeying for the next available outlet, just like parking spaces in the city?

Can't wait for the YouTube videos of "Plug Rage" !!!

Let the Summer Games begin . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 30, 16 5:45 PM
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I'm wondering if the charge is complimentary, or if you swipe your card for a fill-up. Free fill-ups is a great selling point.
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on May 30, 16 7:56 PM
Telsa doesn't charge for electric at their superchargers - one of the perks of Tesla ownership.

As for the Crust owner... way to alienate your customer base:

'“It’s not a family of four cruising around in a Tesla,” Mr. Wiesneski said.'

HUH? The Model X seats 7 and the Model S has available 7 person seating. It is very likely that people traveling to the Hamptons in their Tesla's will have their friends and family in their car. But it's clear Mr. Wiesneski ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 30, 16 9:07 PM
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If anyone from Tesla had ever eaten at Crust, they would have installed the chargers at McDonalds.
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 30, 16 11:45 PM
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I agree, that is a very weird comment/quote. I'm guessing he'll change his mind by the end of the summer when he sees how many Tesla families stop by to charge and eat at his restaurant.
By TheWaterMillian (34), Water Mill on May 31, 16 8:33 AM
Another "perk" of Tesla ownership is the $7G that we the tax payer chip in for each enviro-guilty-complected rich person's purchase.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 8:56 PM
Mr. or Ms. Nature...why are you attacking anyone who makes a harmless comment about the Tesla charging stations? Your coming off as a snarky know it all. If your a fan of Tesla's, just drive your car, be happy and leave the rest of us alone.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Southampton on May 30, 16 9:58 PM
Attack? I did no such thing - read what her said about Tesla owners. It's just a very strange group of comments to make about potential customers.

I'm a fan of Tesla but don't own one nor do I own stock in Tesla. If the parking spaces were for Buggati or McLaren's, MAYBE he would have a point (those being supercars that are prohibitively expensive and only seat 2 people), but he makes the assumption that the Model X and Model S are not used by people with family or friends and that ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 31, 16 11:56 AM
David Wiesneski should be happy people have any excuse to walk into his establishment.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on May 30, 16 11:05 PM
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on May 31, 16 12:21 AM
Free electricity for charging is a good thing. I can't even read this complete news article for free. Tesla is trying to change the status quo... No dealership middleman, so they can pass the savings and perks on to their customers. A Free charging station is the cost of advertising for Tesla along route 39 in lieu of a dealership.
As far as crust is concerned, I went once and asked a question about the menu and the response was not friendly. I will never set foot in the place again. Tesla owners ...more
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on May 31, 16 2:44 AM
The real issue is going to be if non-electric car owners start using the spaces so those needing a charge can't get one. I expect some of the more obnoxious gas guzzler owners will park in the way deliberately.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on May 31, 16 1:27 PM
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One day we will laugh about these "charging stations"
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on May 31, 16 9:43 PM
don't be stupid you're whole life
By BrianWilliams (87), on Jun 17, 16 9:38 PM