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If Teslas start flocking to Arden Fair, here’s why

FILE -- Tesla electric cars are recharged at a Tesla Motor Supercharging station at a rest stop on Interstate 95 in Darien, Conn., Sept. 18, 2016.
FILE -- Tesla electric cars are recharged at a Tesla Motor Supercharging station at a rest stop on Interstate 95 in Darien, Conn., Sept. 18, 2016. AP

Sacramento-area Tesla owners may soon get another option to charge up while shopping.

Plans are in the works for a new Tesla Supercharger at the parking lot or garage of Arden Fair Mall, according to a building permit (record COM-1802561) filed Friday to Sacramento’s Community Development Department and a leaked schematic document posted Thursday to the Tesla Motors Club forum.

The Supercharger would include 19 charging stalls, according to the permit application.

Superchargers are carport stations, mainly found at places like restaurants and malls, where Tesla Model S, X and 3 vehicles can be fully charged, typically in about an hour or less depending on current charge. Many of them offer more than 30 stalls, Electrek reported in 2016.

Arden Fair’s would offer more stalls than any of the five carports already operating in the Sacramento area: the Promenade at Sacramento Gateway in north Sacramento (10 stations); Westfield Galleria at Roseville (seven); next to Studio Movie Grill in Rocklin (18); and at the Folsom outlet mall (four) and Palladio (10) in Folsom.

Tesla operates more than 1,100 Superchargers nationwide, mapped here.

In California, supercharging costs $0.20 per kWh – which works out to roughly $24 for 300 miles’ worth of charge, according to Tesla. With the lowest gas prices in Sacramento currently hovering around $2.80 a gallon (per GasBuddy.com), supercharging is roughly cost-equivalent to driving a car that gets 35 mpg.

Construction of the Arden Fair charging station would cost an estimated $200,000, permit information shows.

Tesla's new incarnation of the Roadster has a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour and will be available in 2020, according to Tesla.

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