Lonely Tesla in Alabama

Lonely Tesla in Alabama

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Please, please, please, Listen to me Elon (or the Tesla team). Build a supercharger in Birmingham, at the Summit, and I will sell 1000 cars for you before the end of the year. 3 major interstates intersect in the 'Ham (I-65,I-20,I-59). Millions travel through the city en route to the sugary white beaches of the Gulf Coast. I am ignorant as to what criteria are being used to evaluate locations for installations of superchargers, but I am truly saddened to see zero plans of expansion in the southeast interior.

Birmingham is the medical capital of the southeast (arguably), and there is an untapped potential customer base. I grew up around James Andrews, (along with many other very successful physicians), and was a groomsman in a wedding last weekend (last name Drummond, yep, of Drummond Coal). There is massive amounts of wealth hidden in this city.

As a 27-year business owner and independent pharmacist looking into the future, I would hate to see a missed opportunity for Tesla to profit.

Alabama has a 5-cent/kWh charge rate during off peak charging (58% below national average).

I want to see Tesla take off, and nothing would make me happier than to be part of the generation to destroy the gasoline-fueled personal vehicle.

Make my fantasy true.

My saint of mother always said, there is nothing wrong with making a good living if you are making lives better.

Let's dominaTe,


dycho98 | 5 mei 2014

I will buy this car if there is a dealer shop in Birmingham AL.

Red Sage ca us | 6 mei 2014

Tesla Motors tends to install Superchargers between major cities for the most part. I do see your point though. In the South it would be best to do installations at or near cities instead. The geographical locations of those towns is more closely related to the typography of the region, as compared to states in the West. This is why it is a good idea to have a Supercharger in Shreveport LA, even though the distance from Dallas/Fort Worth TX is technically within range of Jackson MS. After Birmingham AL, they might consider Starkville and Greenwood MS as well.

wpoveromo | 29 mei 2014

Agree. I-20 is THE major interstate heading west from Atlanta. It's one of the reasons I haven't purchased one yet. I live in Atlanta but travel, just as many others, to Birmingham for business. Mileage wise, it's right around the same distance other SC are spaced out.

johngratcliff | 30 mei 2014

Red Sage: A drive from Dallas to Jackson, MS, in a Tesla would be very technical. I live in Shreveport, and drive to both Dallas and Jackson fairly often. The drive to Dallas is easy at highway speed limits (75 mph for much of that distance). Of course, the battery charge is very low at the end of the trip (I always try to end any long trip with 30-40 miles of charge remaining). When I drive from Shreveport to Jackson, I usually drive it at about 65 mph. When it is colder, I slow down to 55 or 60. Again, the charge is low when I arrive. In both cases I have to watch my AC and heating carefully and it is necessary to do a full charge before proceeding. I would hope that Tesla hasn't lost sight of I-20 and expect it to add superchargers for it to a revised 2015 map or see it on a post 2015 map. On the Jackson side of Shreveport there is a good location just west of Ruston, LA (a Starbucks and some decent fast food places) - exit 34B if I remember correctly. And the biggest shopping center I have ever seen is at the Garrett Road exit just east of Monroe, LA. And there are a number of locations similar to the Ruston one in places like Longview, TX on the Dallas side of Shreveport.

SamO | 30 mei 2014

The reason the deep South has been neglected are in no particular order:

average wage
population density
routes enable
popularity of routes

Tesla is going to surprise if they plan to install 190 ADDITIONAL Superchargers by the end of this year.

Based upon previous predication, I'd guess closer to 150 this year with a bunch coming online soon after.


For $900,000 Tesla can connect 10,000,000 drivers for 99% of their driving.

carlgo | 30 mei 2014

A relatively few Supercharges along certain routes, and range circles on a map, are great for Tesla right now. They can't make enough cars.

It won't be until the affordable models come out, not for a few years it now seems, that Tesla will be forced to deal with fast and convenient charging solutions to serve every local and regional driving need. Likely there will be some fleshing out here and there, but not everywhere.

I am more interested in that than in magic batteries and such. I think it will define Tesla's success. It will be a good day for everyone, and sea creatures, when all the silly trickle chargers are made into artificial reefs.

SamO | 30 mei 2014


"trickle" charging is fantastic if you have lots. Imagine every single shopping mall in the U.S. having 20 HPCWs. Shop, watch a movie, eat and get a fillup.

Supercharging (even faster) between cities for road trips.

Entire system can be built for $50 Million less than 1% of GM's annual advertising budget.

Red Sage ca us | 31 mei 2014

John G Ratcliff: Thanks for the confirmation! When I was looking at the map, I was thinking of Minden, but I think you're right -- Ruston would be better. I think that's the town where one of my Uncles owns an ostrich farm and has served as Constable/Sheriff (Mayor too?) for a time. But in any case, there should be a Supercharger somewhere between Longview and Ruston, if not in Shreveport proper.

Brian H | 31 mei 2014

Did any ostriches ever get tickets from him? I suspect favoritism, if not.

mmayandi | 31 juli 2014

need a way to destin...more powers to tesla

Bubba2000 | 31 juli 2014

Tesla plans to have I-10 covered from FL, AL, MS,LA, TX, > CA covered. Problem there is no coverage inland planned. Not being disrespectful, but some of these places are economically challenged, etc. Tesla has limited resources, so they have to focus.

HPWC network may help in some of these places near a mall, etc. would help to top off in a couple of hours.

CLEOJACKSON | 23 december 2014

I agree with the Birmingham idea and the Summit or even the Galareia. There's mos def a market there for it with I-65,I-20,I-59 etc.

paul | 20 januari 2015

I just heard that Tesla will be installing Superchargers at The Colonnade off HWY 280/459 this year. So excited!

angelinalondono | 25 november 2015


Thank you so much for this post. I'm also a Tesla enthusiast who recently moved to Birmingham and I'm anxiously waiting for Birmingham to get a charging station so I can buy my dream car.

Tesla, there is a market here, can't wait to take part of this revolution!


Jcollins | 25 november 2015

Folks. There are at least 10-12, maybe more, Teslas in the Birmingham area already. There are a variety of charging stations already in town, including the Colonnade and it's predicted many more soon. The Southern Company has 5 Tesla P85s and one roadster (did have another but wrecked it.) In fact, the Southern Company has been very supportive of electric cars in the area. I also suspect Tesla already knows there's a market here. it's why they sent a specialists to Birmingham this week to handle the seat belt recall check. Great service from a great company for a great car.

rmwalley | 25 november 2015

I have just purchased a 70D and hopeful for late December delivery. Have heard from a Birmingham-based P85D owner that there are 27 Model S vehicles currently in the 'Ham. Thanks for the post Jcollins---there are quite a few options for charging in and around the metro Birmingham area. I wonder if the Nissan dealerships have been prickly about Tesla owners using their charging equipment?

Brian H | 25 november 2015

A SC near you is useless. You want 1 150 miles in whatever direction you want to drive.

Jcollins | 26 november 2015

congratulations on the upcoming delivery. Haven't used the local Nissan dealers but had a good experience with the Nissan dealer in Greenill, SC

Lee.price | 8 maart 2017

When is Birmingham going to get a Service Center? I know several of us have leases expiring next year. I love my P90D but I am thinking that if there is no Service Center by the time it expires, I will not be purchasing it. We have 3 Model S in my 64-home subdivision. I feel certain others would buy if we had a dealer/ Service Center.

Jcollins | 8 maart 2017

In the 2 years I've had by S85D in Birmingham, my total service cost has been $20 (two tire rotations, both done by Express Oil- the first was free.) Not having a service center hasn't really been an issue for me. Having a Super Charger at Uptown is really cool though! Even cooler is having a parking lot at the Atlanta airport with 20 chargepoint chargers, under cover for free charging while you're travelling (you still pay for parking but 8 days was less than $60.). Having something similar at the Birmingham airport would be nice.