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.