Big day in Gilroy on the southern edge of Silicon Valley. One of the world’s first Superchargers for Tesla Motor’s electric sedan will open for business in just a couple of hours.
You can feel the electricity in the air. (OK. I’ll stop.)
Anyway, there is a lot of excitement in the same way there was back in the day when the neighborhood got the first telephone or when the folks next-door got the first color TV.
In other words: These are early days, baby steps etc. The Supercharger, though, is part of a vision; a vision that sees people being able to take long road trips in electric cars, rather than simply tooling around to the grocery store, bank etc.
If nothing else, the opening of the Supercharger station — which will service only the Model S, of which there are hardly any on the road — is a little bright spot in a bad week for the electric car biz.
On Tuesday, electric car battery maker A123 filed for bankruptcy, eliciting gnashing of teeth from clean energy fans and squeals of delight from Republicans who say it’s all President Barack Obama’s fault, and this is why we need to drill for oil in the Alaskan wilderness.
Back to Gilroy’s Supercharger, which is behind the Sony store at the Gilroy Premium Outlets. It’s one of a network of auto juicers lining the spine of California. It means Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be able to make the drive from his SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., to Telsa in Palo Alto without fear of the dreaded “Low Batt” indicator.
Not only that, but while powering up in Gilroy, the billionaire Musk can also slip over to Banana Republic for some rockin’ toggle jackets at 50 percent off.
Hey, how do you think you become a billionaire? Paying full price?