Tesla 'Supercharger' plans submitted for Wareham Crossing

By Matthew Bernat | Dec 24, 2017
Plans for a Tesla "Supercharger" station, seen here, have been submitted to the Planning Department for approval.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla plans to add Wareham to the list of cities and towns in its rapidly expanding “Supercharger” network across the U.S.

The local project calls for installing one, state-of-the-art charging station with 12 parking spots in the center of Wareham Crossing, located at 2421 Cranberry Highway.

Director of Planning & Community Development Kenneth Buckland said the project was an exciting one for the town.

“I believe the locations is perfect – in a busy shopping center, just off intersecting interstate highways, and in a district experience new and trend-setting investment,” said Buckland.

As part of the company’s network, the charger is a 480-volt direct current fast-charging station capable of giving Tesla cars a “full tank” in 75 minutes. After just 30 minutes of charging, cars will have as much as 170 miles of added range. The station will provide up to 120 kW of power per car.

In February, Tesla announced plans to drastically increase the number of Supercharger locations across North America by the end of 2017. At that time, the company had 2,636 Superchargers at 373 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company planned to build 15,000 charging stations this year.

The expansion arrives as sales of electric cars grew 32 percent from 2012 to 2016.

Plans for Wareham’s Supercharger station were filed with the town’s Planning Department recently and will likely be approved within 30 days, said David Riquinha, director of inspectional services. Approval for the charging station does not require a public hearing, he said.

Plans were submitted by Black & Veatch, Inc., an international engineering, consulting and construction company. The firm is tasked with expanding the Supercharger network.

Electric cars with the appropriate adapters will be able to plug in to the Supercharger. The company affords Tesla owners a certain amount of free electrical charge. After that, there is a small fee to fuel up.

Comments (20)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Dec 25, 2017 05:28

This sounds a bit too exclusive for our first charging station.  Teslas only!  How many Teslas do you see on the road on a daily basis?  Enough for 12 charging stations?  How many people around here have a Tesla?  The cheapest Tesla is $80,000.  Why not a charging station for regular electric cars?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Dec 25, 2017 08:01

Tesla would be the folks paying for this hence the exclusivity. The Cranberry crossing folks should group charging locations for other makes with these. A bylaw should be created to make it mandatory that electric vehicles park in those charging locations. THis would eliminate having electric vehicles taking parking spaces while spaces in charging area remain empty. They should also be placed away from regular vehicles while charging. Charging batteries is the most dangerous time around batteries. Having them close to people and buildings is asking for problems.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Dec 25, 2017 09:44

I wonder if Wareham Crossing intends to install regular charging stations?


True, charging batteries is the the most dangerous time to be around.  Especially the fast 480 volt chargers used to rapid charge Teslas. Conventional gas vehicles, any possible sources of ignition and people should not be around.

Posted by: TOOTTOOT1 | Dec 25, 2017 10:05

I understand they use lithium batteries, that do not emit as much explosive gasses like a lead acid battery, so that should not be a concern.

But yes they should be in an area as not to tie up spaces close to stores,

the far corner by Urgent Care would be great


Posted by: WWareham resident | Dec 25, 2017 10:24

There are more and more Tesla vehicles around but I highly doubt more than a handful are owned by residents of Wareham. I'm assuming since Tesla is building it,  that's the reason why it's exclusive to Tesla? Maybe a joint venture with other electric car companies, not that there are many, would be more inclusive? I can't wait to see all the millennials protesting because they can't charge/fuel their cars too, even though they are not electric =) . Doesn't everything being built anymore need to include every single person if they have an electric vehicle or not. Then they'll start another protest crying that they can't afford a Tesla and the government needs to provide one for them... And lastly, Wareham Crossing is a convenient location but whoever designed that parking lot/layout and all new parking lots for that matter, must be drunk when doing the layout. The parking in Wareham Crossing is a cluster F#*@..... Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted by: greycat | Dec 25, 2017 11:35

I wonder if the solar field on Tobey Road will charge the TESLA's

This is great as long as the cranberry folks don't object.

The price of electric cars will come down.  Batteries are the real cost driving factor.  Lithium batteries tend to explode or catch fire if there are impurities introduced ion the manufacturing process.  Reme,ber the HOVERBOARDS and the occasional cell phone lighting up?  Lithium batteries!

Posted by: cranky pants | Dec 25, 2017 12:12

What a waste of time, money and resources. Take a ride down to the dunkin near the Sagamore bridge and see how much use that charging station gets... Zero.

Posted by: Richard Swenson | Dec 25, 2017 12:42

the new tesla model 3 starts at 36,000..  which will put a tesla within reach of many wareham residents.  i anticipate future models will get even cheaper.  tesla has a chance to dominate the future of electric automobiles if they can avoid significant startup issues (which they are struggling thru right now).  the charging stations being installed and paid for by tesla are key if they are going to be successful.  what is really going to be interesting is how the different manufacturers eventually converge on charging station availability.  can't see having multiple charging stations for each different manufacturer in the long run.  i think tesla will end up charging everybody, but charging a premium for non-tesla autos.

Posted by: Phredzzz | Dec 26, 2017 07:59

Greycat: Love your comment, hee hee. Park by the Solar Field and Rent a Electric Golf Cart to Drive to Target to purchase a Electric Battery for my Electric Car parked at the Electric Solar Field. Afterwards, I will Drive my Electric Golf Cart over to ALDI's to retrieve some Groceries and Drive back to my Solar Car at the Solar Field to unload those Groceries into my Car. I will then return my Rental electric Cart, walk back to my Electric Car and then drive  the ten miles to my home. When I get home after spending 4 hours of time to accomplish a 20 minute task, I will then plug my Car into another Charger, Jack that Electric-Bill of mine right through the roof, just so it will be possible to complete another  ten minute task tomorrow. Obviously TOUNGE-IN-CHEEK, but just to make a point of how far us humans will go, just to prove the point that our lives can ALWAY use a few more complications.  Hee, hee, hee,  Aoooga!

Posted by: Phredzzz | Dec 26, 2017 10:29

Mr Swenson: I appreciate your info and understand the numbers you have Posted, but there's a BUT and its a Big and deceptive BUT. If you add in ALL of the Real costs to Manufacture a Tesla, the best guess by outside Manufacturing Experts is that car could NOT be Manufactured, Marketed,  and Sold for $36,000. When you Add in the State Manufacturing Subsidies from the Taxpayers, and the Federal Subsidies paid by Federal Taxpayer s, and the Federal Rebates paid by Federal Taxpayers, and State Rebates paid on Utility Bills and State Taxpayers, there is enough Data to support a conclusion that a Tesla could eassily cost over a hundred thousand dollars in a Free and open Market scenario. Without the current BS government support of the Electric Car Industry,  there is a good chance that Tesla would already have failed and ended up on the Bankrupt heap of other fail6ed experiments. Think about how nice it is for your government to be giving your tax dollar money to the wealthy snobs in thier Tesla who are driving by you in your Toyota Prius. Doesn't seem quite so fair when you look at the bottom line and who in the government signed off on these giveaways to private enterprise. As a clue for you if you are not aware, these giveaways were approved within the last 8 years.

Posted by: richkmfrank | Dec 26, 2017 13:04

Where to begin...as a Canadian Tesla owner, I’m absolutely astonished by the US public hostility towards this revolutionary successful new American car manufacturer after decades of market share losses to foreign manufacturers by other legacy American manufacturers like GM, Ford & Chrysler.  And Tesla also encourages other competitor manufacturers to embrace electric by making its patents freely available.  Furthermore, Tesla has offered its Supercharging stations to any other manufacturers who are willing to share the cost - but so far, no takers.  Currently Tesla Superchargers are generally lightly used, but that will change dramatically as its successful new (and much cheaper) Model 3 production is ramped up - preorder sales are over 400,000 so far. Tesla is already knocking the socks off the sales of German premium cars like Audi, BMW and Mercedes - Americans should be proud.  Those that point to Tesla subsidies naively ignore years of government subsidies to other auto and oil companies, including bailouts to avoid bankruptcies in 2008/9.  By the way, Tesla was the first US auto company to fully repay loans from the US government during the recession.  As for the risk of lithium batteries blowing up, that’s overblown to say the least - and what about the risk of gas tanks of regular cars catching fire or exploding - do you hear anyone expressing concern?  Wareham businesses will benefit from tourists who stop to recharge and have a meal or do some shopping as they wait. Rejoice that Wareham will be on the cutting edge of the future of automotive transportation.

Posted by: Phredzzz | Dec 26, 2017 13:53

Ahhhhh, a friend from the north chirps-in and the calls people who are anti-government Subsidies,  Naive. Thanks, but no thanks for your uppity scrutiny of anyone who astonishes you! Just because the US government has chosen to Subsidize different sectors of our Economy does NOT mean that all Americans think it is correct to do-so. Those of us who are Free-Market and Free Enterprise supporters have always disagreed with Government intervention into the Free Market. And as to your comments about Tesla encouraging other companies to participate in the SCAM Electric Car industry, does not mean that they welcome competition. Anyone with a 5th grade education knows the principles of business management enough to understand the Pigs-at-the-trough philosophy.  I could go on and on and on with all of the shortsightedness associated with the current FAD of going along with the Electric Car Industry, but suffice to  say one thing; when the supply of Raw Materials dries up for Lithium,  etc, etc, and you cant buy a replacement Battery for under a bucket of dollars, come back and explain to us why your support  of this Shithole of a Strip-Mining, Nasty Polluting Battery Industry, is such a wonderful idea! Until then,  maybe you should buy an Englih dictionary and then look inwardly after you discover the true meaning of naivetivity.

Posted by: Phredzzz | Dec 26, 2017 13:56

Obviously meant English in above Post.

Posted by: greycat | Dec 26, 2017 15:05

Without gasoline as a motor fuel, where will the highway taxes come from?  The busybodies will be reading your mileage when you get your car inspected and send you the bill.  What about those states with no inspections?

Posted by: barnstorm | Dec 26, 2017 21:44

With Pres. Morales of Bolivia now in the market of the mining of lithium, the world now has an astronomical amount of that raw material for those batteries. Bolivia alone has reserves that total 70% more than Australia, Argentina and Chile combined. The problem for lithium-ion is in the recycling process of the battery. The recycling process costs are 5 times the cost of mining the mineral, extracting it and separating it from the brine deposits safely, which is  costly & dangerous to begin with. Presently, only 2 lithium battery recycling plants are operating in the world. "Umicore" in Belgium and "Toxco" in the U.S. The only money maker in the process is Cobalt which nets about $20 a pound and  lithium carbonate netting  only  $3 a pound. When a replacement for Cobalt is found as a hardener for tools and concrete, the recycling process will be hopelessly uneconomical for any company to get into that business. Lithium will be then classified as just another non-recoverable waste metal. Tesla is presently singing praises that lithium-ion batteries are 100% environmentally carbon free and 70% recyclable. Right now, we know only half is true. The recycling process is mythology and another example of unconscionable future waste and pollution masquerading as conservation. The real truth......The buyer of electric vehicles will be required in paying huge up- front disposal fees down the road for spent batteries.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Dec 26, 2017 22:06

In addition to district attorney, economist and accountant Greycat is also a chemical engineer. How fortunate to have an expert in everything on our payroll.


Mr. Buckland is one of the few true visionaries in town hall, if only he can get an agenda through. I hope his new plan for Wareham includes a target number of electric car charging stations and replacing town vehicles with natural gas or electric vehicles.

Posted by: richkmfrank | Dec 27, 2017 09:33

Yes, gasoline taxes were intended to support the building and maintaining of the road and bridge infrastructure and will have to be gradually replaced with other forms of taxation as gasoline consumption declines.  Carbon tax is one good idea as well as sales tax.  And free marketers will welcome the concept of taxing polluters as a revenue generator and incentive to pollute less.  Interesting the number of countries that are now jumping onto the electric vehicle SCAM (as Phredzzz calls it) bandwagon, but there’s yet another technology (sustainable energy) option on the horizon - Hyperloop.  We’re living in scary yet also exciting times.  Phredzzz is understandably sceptical of Tesla’s (Elon Musk) motives - as few capitalists are so philanthropic - yet Musk truly seeks to make a difference to the benefit of all mankind, a much bigger vision than making America great again.

Posted by: richkmfrank | Dec 27, 2017 10:08

Allow me to share another thought on the benefits of EVs.  Cleaner air that we all breathe from their lack of exhaust fumes.  But one less obvious, but also important - no noise pollution.  So, when you’re enjoying a coffee or beer with friends at a local cafe or bistro you won’t have to endure either the fumes or the engine noise (especially bad with motorcycles, trucks, semis & busses).  Wouldn’t that be nice?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Dec 27, 2017 13:12

The safety factor of the silence of Electric Vehicles can easily be equated to that of farts.  Silent but deadly. EVs are so quiet that pedestrians and animals are in danger.

Posted by: richkmfrank | Dec 30, 2017 09:53

Cute analogy.  Especially true when pedestrians are glued to their cell phones as they waltz into traffic - it seems that no amount of noise will distract them from their conversations.

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