Power To Save: Car Charging Station Comes to Lackawanna County

MOOSIC -- A shopping center in Lackawanna County is getting a new tenant, one that may attract the more environmentally conscious shopper.

The Shoppes at Montage is becoming the latest spot where you can charge your electric car.

Holiday Shoppers have been wondering about the development at the Shoppes at Montage in Moosic. It won't be a store -- what it sells comes in kilowatts.

In about two weeks, there will be eight car-charging stations for Teslas. Think of them as the fuel pumps of the future.

"I think it's cool because it's bringing the opportunity to use something else other than fossil fuels, even out here, and it's just getting enough money to afford the car to do it with," said Justin Dey of Dickson City.

Tesla's Model X starts at around $70,000. You don't see many of the electric cars on the roads around here, but Tesla's plan is to put stations all along major highways for the convenience of drivers going long distances.

"You can't just stop anywhere to get gas," said Beckie Herb of Wilkes-Barre. "I think it would be definitely a good attraction to this shopping center."

These will be Tesla super chargers, meaning it will take about an hour to get a full charge on a car battery. Now, the Shoppes at Montage is hoping those drivers use this charge time to charge in a different way over at the Shoppes.

"The highway goes right past here and I don't really remember seeing any other Tesla stations around and people are coming by here all the time. It might make them shop here when they say, 'Oh, I gotta charge my car, I might as well look around.'"

Tesla says most of its charging stations are strategically placed near shops and restaurants. There's also one at a shopping center in Monroe County.

Charging your car may sound strange now but Tesla thinks more and more of us will be filling up this way instead.

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9 comments

  • Franko

    a charging station because they apparently think that an area like the Scranton Area, where the average person makes well under $12/hr, is filled with people who can afford the payments on a $70,000 car… but after all, this is what the current political administration wants — people to invest in cars like this because they feel that this is the future… I’m sorry, but all these expensive cars do is line the pockets of the rich manufacturers and save money in the long run for the rich people who can afford them, because once again, only the rich are supposed to save money on things in life… Sort of how if you are rich, or at least make good money, you can get a car loan with hardly any interest, but if you are the average person in the area, the same car loan would cost you a ton of interest and you have to pay more monthly and run the risk of loosing your car because you aren’t rich… and that is the screwed up thing with life, the peopel with money get the breaks and the people without have to pay more to live….

  • Syd

    Alas, there is a lot of dis-information here. The Volt now makes money, the Bolt loses 9k/car at initial rollout (not unusual for a new car line) and that is made up for GM by the ZEV credits in the compliance states. Yes, it’s a subsidy, but there are also subsidy’s for oil/coal/gas. As the bolt evolves it will then become lower cost to produce and make money. (See the timeline curve for the Toyota Prius from 1999-2004). As to power from coal, look at the amount of power from coal by state. It ranges from very high in West Virginia, to a great deal less in many other states.

    In 2015: (Coal is lower in 2016, natural gas is higher, but 2016 isn’t over yet), and this chart doesn’t include home/business based solar, only utility grade solar.
    Coal = 33%
    Natural gas = 33%
    Nuclear = 20%
    Hydropower = 6%
    Other renewables = 7%
    Biomass = 1.6%
    Geothermal = 0.4%
    Solar = 0.6%
    Wind = 4.7%
    Petroleum = 1%
    Other gases = <1%

    • Dean Campbell

      The grid is a mix of coal and other sources including nuclear and natural gas. But here’s the interesting science: even with a 100% coal-powered grid, an electric vehicle creates about 70% less CO2 than an gasoline engine. Why? It’s because big power plants produce power SO much more efficiently than your small internal combustion engine. Add to that the fact that the coal – while dirty – is at least produced domestically and the grid is transitioning to cleaner power and renewable sources. Tesla drivers (or “do gooders” as you call them) know full well how the grid is powered and what is the impact of their choices. The notion that electric vehicles are “a crock” is an idea actively propagated by the oil industry. But most auto (and energy) industry analysts see the writing on the wall. It reads: Lithium-ion.

      • Robert Nash

        True. I just want to add that in addition to less Co2, EVs powered 100% by coal produce 20%-26% less pollution overall compared to similar ICE vehicles. Fortunately, there are no cars powered 100% by coal in the US. I just wish there were chargers being installed for other EVs too.

      • Fred and Kevin

        let’s say a Chevy Volt costs GM $72,000.00 to produce. The local GM dealer sells it for $40,000.00 and the government picks up the difference and pays GM $32,000. Is that government money or taxpayer money. And yes, the whole thing is a crock.

    • Dean Campbell

      Fred and Kevin, in your response to my comment below regarding federal subsidies, it’s important to point out that the figures you cite were fabricated entirely in your own head(s). You made them up. There’s a $7,500 consumer tax rebate for EVs (which runs out for Tesla next year anyway). Federal subsidies to oil and gas dwarf the subsidies to alternative fuels to such an extent that it’s silly to even compare. Not to mention, there are trillions of dollars in externalized health and environmental costs that oil and gas producers simply push downstream to you and me. Please don’t do their bidding… it’s unseemly.