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Tesla adding charging stations in city centers, starting with Boston

Tesla hopes to spur sales among those who lack garages. Above, a charging station in Charlotte, N.C.Chuck Burton/Associated Press/File 2017

NEW YORK — Tesla Inc. is building electric charging stations in city centers to attract urban buyers who don’t have a garage to charge in.

The first two stations — in Boston and Chicago — opened Monday. The Chicago station can charge 10 vehicles at a time, while the Boston station can charge eight.

A map on Tesla’s website shows urban stations that are planned for New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and other cities before year’s end.

The new stations take up less space and are easier to install than Tesla’s previous Supercharger stations, which are mostly along highways or at hotels. Tesla said it’s locating the stations near grocery stores and shopping areas, so owners can run errands while they charge.


The urban stations can deliver 72 kilowatts of power to each car, so it will take 45 to 50 minutes for most drivers to fully charge their vehicles. Tesla’s highway Superchargers deliver up to 120 kilowatts; they can charge up a car in 30 to 40 minutes.

The company began delivering its new Model 3 small car this summer. With a starting price of $35,000 — half the price of Tesla’s previous models — the Model 3 is expected to attract many more buyers to the brand.

Tesla said earlier this year that it planned to double its Supercharger network to 10,000 by the end of 2017.