Electric vehicle maker Tesla is doubling its number of supercharging locations this year, and one will soon open at The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
The station is behind a fenced-in area in the northeast corner of Sears’ parking lot.
Mall officials aren’t sure when the Tupelo station will open, and Tesla officials haven’t responded to requests for more information.
But in its blog Monday, Tesla said, “It is extremely important to us and our mission that charging is convenient, abundant and reliable for all owners, current and future.”
The company said it is doubling its charging network by expanding existing locations and adding locations. In Mississippi, Tesla now has supercharger stations in Pearl and Meridian, with plans to build stations in Brookhaven, Grenada and Hattiesburg.
According to Bloomberg, Tesla is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric car later this year, with plans to make 500,000 electric vehicles in 2018, up from 76,000 a year ago.
Tesla owners can charge their vehicles overnight at home, but the free charging stations allow drivers to fully charge their vehicles in 30 minutes. A full charge gives a Tesla about a 170-mile range.
“Since we first energized the supercharger network in 2012, Tesla has built over 5,400 superchargers with the goal of enabling convenient long distance travel for more than 200,000 Tesla owners around the world,” the company said. “In parallel, we’ve built a network of more than 9,000 destination charging connectors that replicate the convenience of home charging by providing hotels, resorts, and restaurants with Tesla wall connectors. But we know that to truly advance electric vehicle adoption, we must continue investing in charging infrastructure.”
The Graduate hotel in Oxford is the only destination charging location in Northeast Mississippi so far.
Tesla said it started 2017 with more than 5,000 Superchargers worldwide, but will have 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 destination charging connectors by the end of the year. California alone will get 1,000 Superchargers.
“We’re moving full speed on site selection and many sites will soon enter construction to open in advance of the summer travel season,” Tesla said. “Toward that goal, Tesla will build larger sites along our busiest travel routes that will accommodate several dozen Teslas Supercharging simultaneously. In addition, many sites will be built further off the highway to allow local Tesla drivers to charge quickly when needed, with the goal of making charging ubiquitous in urban centers.”