Exclusive from Project 100: Tesla Is Building a Supercharger in Downtown Las Vegas

Last week, Las Vegas resident and Project 100 founder Zach Ware teased a photo of parts of a Tesla supercharger charging station with the caption “Supercharge much? Coming soon.”

Project 100 teslas

Ware says these parts will be used in a public supercharger that Tesla is installing at 701 Bridger Avenue in downtown Las Vegas.

“Because of Project 100’s close relationship to Tesla, we were able to facilitate their locating a public supercharger in Downtown Las Vegas rather than in another part of Las Vegas (which was their original plan),” Ware says. “Tesla is trying to build a national supercharger route between LA and NY by the end of 2013, this is a part of that plan.”

Tesla supercharger stations “coming soon

In April, Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project announced an initiative called Project 100 and the largest US order of Teslas ever, for 100 vehicles. Project 100’s goal is to turn downtown Vegas into a walking city – with Teslas and other modes of transportation.

In addition to Tesla’s public supercharger, Project 100 will have its own private charging station – “the first private supercharger in the country,” Ware says. It will be called the “Project 100 Nerve Center” and located above Tesla’s public supercharger. Surprisingly, Project 100 came first in that location: they partnered with NV Energy to increase the electric power in the building, which made it a great choice for Tesla.

Downtown residents are eagerly awaiting a transportation option that would allow them to ditch their cars, but they’ll have to wait until “the first half of 2014” for Project 100, Ware confirms.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.
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