Even though Tesla is still fighting with New Jersey about the right to sell directly to customers in the Garden State, it is moving forward with opening its first supercharger station Thursday.
The station, which will be located in Hamilton, Mercer County in a Barnes & Noble parking lot near exit 5A off Interstate 195, will be the 100th such station worldwide for the green car automaker.
The 24-hour-a-day station, which will include six stalls, will nearly fully power up a Tesla in 20 to 30 minutes. The recharge is free for Model S owners.
The nation learned of Tesla’s terse history with New Jersey last month when the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission decided that Tesla’s direct sales model violated New Jersey law regarding franchise dealers.
Tesla is appealing the decision and continues to maintain two retail centers in New Jersey – in the Mall at Short Hills and Garden State Plaza in Paramus.