Needed in Washington State: Supercharger in Ellensburg, showroom in Spokane.

Needed in Washington State: Supercharger in Ellensburg, showroom in Spokane.

Spokane is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis and is the urban, retail and medical center for a huge area (Eastern WA, North Idaho and Western Montana). There are a few Roadsters here, have not spotted a MS yet. We do deserve a Tesla showroom/test ride center.

The trip to/from Seattle is 275 miles and includes a major mountain pass. Ellensburg would be a great location for a SC, they already have a community PV array next to the freeway.

I have access to 100% hydroelectric power at <0.04/kwhr. I am very tired of sending $80/week to the oil companies/foreign despots. Just saying.

dortor | 25 July, 2013

recommend you post this request to the link provided by Tesla for such requests…

the forums are a poor method for communicating with Tesla.

Docrob | 25 July, 2013

Looking at the supercharger map there is a planned supercharger that looks like it is right over Ellensburg scheduled for completion Fall 2013. If your area truly does have 4c/Kwh power that is 100% clean then I agree, Tesla should be very interested in your area.

davidg11 | 25 July, 2013

Actually, just north of him in Wenatchee, Chelan County, WA, its between .02-.03 kWh ...all hydroelectric. Shhh...don't tell the rest of the country. Guess where server farms are starting to go up? Guess why?

"Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, Chelan County PUD moved to a flat residential rate for electricity of just 2.7 cents per kilowatt hour. That's one of the lowest rates in the nation. This new approach to rates will lower bills for most residential customers. Read more about the new rate structure.

Residential monthly energy charge per kWh: 2.7 cents"

BTW Wenatchee is also halfway between Seattle and Spokane WA and it's a more scenic route on Hwy 2 than I-90. However, I'm pretty sure Ellensburg, WA will get the supercharger.

DTsea | 25 July, 2013

There's only about 350000 people in Spokane so I would imagine it's pretty far down the list for a showroom. Seattle delivers about a car a day, so by proportion maybe one every two weeks in Spokane... not enough to staff a showroom.

The SC map shows Ellensburg this fall and continuing out I90 to the east into next year.

ian | 25 July, 2013

There's a Roadster HPC in Ellensburg that will have a Model S adapter by early August. Should tie the Spokane S owners (Yes, there are a few already even though you haven't seen them) over until that Supercharger gets built. You will have to pay a small donation to get access to it though as it will be put in a lock box.

More info at the very end of this thread...

Rumor has it that ADK Electric, the company that has installed all of the NW Superchargers (Burlington, Centralia and the under construction Woodburn, OR one) will also be installing the Ellensburg site. I would imagine they will head there as soon as they're done in Oregon.

As for whether or not Spokane should have a store, I'll leave that up for Tesla to determine.


David70 | 25 July, 2013

I don't especially care about the store, but a service center would be nice. However, not very cost effective now. I think there are only two or three Roadsters in the area and four of the Model S.

bbryant | 25 July, 2013

Come on Ellensburg...
The run to Walla Walla and back should be
within range..that's wine county and a prime
destination for S owners. The hotel there apparently
has a 14 50 for overnight recharge and there are some
great places to eat within a short walk.

How many cases of Tamarac Cab Sav can a Tesla S hold?

spookaloo | 21 August, 2013

600,000 people in the Spokane area

Facts about Spokane, Washington & Vicinity
Spokane is Washington’s second largest city with a population of 204,400.
The Spokane county region has an estimated population of 459,000.
Spokane is located 18 miles west of the Idaho border and 110 miles south of the Canadian border.
Other cities within Spokane County include Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley, Deer Park and Cheney.
The Spokane International Airport is the second largest airport in Washington and was used by 3.2 million passengers in 2006.

Facts about Coeur D'alene, Idaho & Vicinity
Coeur d’Alene is the largest city in northern Idaho with a population 41,328. Kootenai County has a total population is 131,507.
Coeur d’Alene is located 30 miles east of Spokane and 90 miles south of the Canadian border. Seattle, WA is 330 miles to the west.
Other cities in Kootenai County include Post Falls, Hayden, Hayden Lake, Rathdrum, Bayview, Athol, Harrison and St. Maries.
Regional airports include the Spokane International Airport, located 40 miles to the west in Spokane, WA; and the Coeur d’Alene airport which provides private/charter air service. Interstate 90 bisects the community offering easy access to major cities west and east.

wcalvin | 21 August, 2013

Vantage (Columbia River crossing I-90) would be better than Ellensburg, in terms of allowing exploration of North Central WA as well as Walla Walla direction. But a cafe and a museum are about it; no mall.