CREATED Jul. 14, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - For nurse Erol Brenes, starting her car is as easy as getting in it.
"You don't have that crank up and go because there's no motor," Brenes said.
That's because she doesn't have an ordinary car. Instead she has Tesla, a 100% electric car.
"This battery lasts about 210 miles," Brenes said. "The bigger battery packs are about 265 miles."
And instead of filling up at the pump, Brenes charges her battery at home every night. It takes about six hours to fully charge.
But things are about to get even easier. By the end of this summer, Brenes will be able to charge her car at the Gulf Coast Town Center, using a supercharger.
"It will charge up your battery in about 40 minutes," Brenes said.
The bank of superchargers will most likely be the first in the state. More are being built at the same time in Port Saint Lucie, and Florida plans to build about 10 across the state in coming years.
For the almost two dozen Tesla owners in our area, the Gulf Coast Town Center is the perfect location. Brenes said she is lookin forward to charging her car while she shops and eats with friends.
It will also be good for local business.
"The Telsa Motor Club community is very tight knit so we do have meetings monthly or quarterly to see each other, so my friends will be coming down here and shopping and having a good time," Brenes said.