When John Kingman leaves his home in Austin, he knows he's got only about 250 miles before he'll need to recharge his new Tesla car, but that hasn't slowed him down.
"I got this car in January. I've already got 10,000 miles on it,” he said.
Adding more miles became a lot easier Tuesday when Tesla, the leading luxury electric car maker, unveiled what it calls a “SuperCharger” behind the San Marcos Outlet Mall. It’s the first of its kind in Texas.
"San Marcos is an incredibly pivotal point in this network of stations that connect long distance traveling," Ben Kanner said. "We're opening several more to connect the corridor on 35 as well as cross country travel."
Plans are already in place to add more around Texas and the nation.
"It's like halfway between Austin and San Antonio. I can take a day trip down to San Antonio and drive around and then stop here on the way home or even on the way down and not have to worry about charging when I get to downtown San Antonio," Kingman said.
State leaders say cars like Tesla could one day be as common as cell phones. For now, the San Marcos charging station is giving Tesla drivers an additional reason to stop in San Marcos.
For Kingman, it's just one more thing to love about his car.
"Besides being electric, it's just a great car,” Kingman said. “I call it an iPad on wheels."
The SuperCharger is free for Tesla owners and takes less than an hour for a full charge. Construction has already begun on a Waco location and several more are in the permitting process.