November 30, 2017 | last updated November 30, 2017 3:20 pm
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Manchester to house New England's largest Tesla 'Supercharger'

Flickr Creative Commons | Austin Kirk
Flickr Creative Commons | Austin Kirk
A Tesla Supercharger

Electric vehicle maker Tesla is building a 16-stall charging facility in Manchester that looks to be its largest yet in New England.

The $120,000 project, which received a local building permit in September, is located at The Plaza at Buckland Hills. Tesla's website indicates the so-called "Supercharger" will be open to the public by late January.

Tesla, which has fought unsuccessfully at the state Capitol for several years to sell its cars directly to consumers in Connecticut, has been building out its charger network nonetheless, which ensures owners of its cars can drive without fear of running out of power.

West Hartford has an eight-stall Supercharger, while Fairfield County has 28 stalls across five sites, with another 10 stalls slated to open in Danbury in March, according to the company's online Supercharger map.

Gary Anderson, Manchester's director of planning and economic development, said the location makes sense.

"We have a real premier location for people traveling from New York to Boston," Anderson said. "I can see why they would want to invest in a spot like that."

He said the facility should also bring more business to nearby stores and restaurants.

"When people charge, they need something to eat and something to do," he said.

Superchargers can provide 170 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes, according to Tesla.

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the Supercharger would be located at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills. It is located at the Plaza at Buckland Hills.

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