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Tesla gets OK to build charging stations at two Turnpike rest areas

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An agreement that would allow Tesla Motors to build four electric charging stations at two New Jersey Turnpike service areas was approved Tuesday.

Turnpike Authority commissioners gave the go-ahead to the installations in the Molly Pitcher and Joyce Kilmer service areas in Middlesex County. They will not come at a cost to toll payers.

Thomas Feeney, spokesman for the Turnpike Authority, said Tesla Motors came to it last year with a request to fund and build these charging stations. Authority staff evaluated service areas in which the stations wouldn’t interfere with other operations.

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“Tesla was looking to offer their drivers a place to power up,” Feeney said, adding that there are a couple of other charging stations currently in the state.

The Tesla charger is vehicle-specific, meaning it doesn’t fit other electric cars. But Tesla is building the infrastructure for other manufacturers of electric cars to do their own installations.

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The Joyce Kilmer service area charger is on the northbound side of the Turnpike, while the Molly Pitcher charger is on the southbound side.

Tesla’s charging stations could be operational by the end of the year.

There is currently no request on the table for more electric vehicle charging stations along the Turnpike, Feeney said.

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