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Tesla Charging Stations


With its recent arrival into our area, Tesla has brought plenty of charging stations with them. Tesla has worked with resorts in our community to install powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Reno. These locations, which are in partnership with Tesla Motors, are a part of the “Destination Charging” program. This program gives hotels, restaurants, and resorts High Power Wall Connectors (HPWC) that give users more than 2x the power of a standard charging station. In Reno’s case, many Resorts and Casinos are receiving these connectors as a way to benefit both Tesla and the resorts by driving Tesla users to these special locations. Since the “Destination Charging” program began last spring hundreds of High Power Wall Connectors have been installed around the country, and the best part is that they are free for any Tesla owner to use. These destination chargers recharge Model S’ 265 miles of range in about 5 hours, which is ideal for weekend trips (like those many visitors make to Reno). So far, Tesla has installed these Destination Chargers at Pepermill Resort Spa & Casino, Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa, and Eldorado Resort & Casino. “The Eldorado is pleased to be included in the ‘Destination Charging’ program,” said Eldorado VP and GM, Gene Carano. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience so working with Tesla to offer the charging stations as just one more amenity was an easy decision.” These locations, among many other spots in the Reno area, also offer a range of other EV charging options.

In addition to these Destination Charging stations, Tesla announced in August the opening of more charging stations through ChargePoint. These are not Destination HPWC Chargers or Superchargers, but they do offer Tesla owners the opportunity to charge their vehicles while away from home. Harrah’s in Reno and Harvey’s in South Lake Tahoe were among the first to install these stations, but many other locations have caught up with them. Squaw Valley recently installed a few stations for visitors who want to charge their vehicles while they hit the slopes! Visit ChargePoint’s website for a complete map of charging stations in the area, estimated charging fees, and even to see which stations are being occupied so that you don’t have to spend time driving around in circles until one opens up! Travis Johnson, EV Program Manager with NV Energy encourages users to “Make sure to let the Manager know that you are staying/skiing with them BECAUSE they installed charging stations.” Supporting businesses that have taken these steps to making charging stations easily accessible for Tesla owners is important for program growth.

Tesla has also installed a Supercharger station along I-80 near Truckee, CA (about 30 miles SW of Reno). This station, which contains six charging bays that are available 24/7, is meant to make recharging easier and more convenient for those who are travelling along I-80.

Still Uniquely Unpretentious, See TESLA at Silver Legacy

2007 (c) Charr Crail

2007 (c) Charr Crail

Multi-platinum pop-rock revolutionaries and Northern California Natives TESLA are bringing their unique music style to Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Friday, November 19.  From die-hard fans to newcomers who probably already know a few songs, TESLA will play both their acoustic and hard rock favorites in the Grande Exposition Hall starting at 8 p.m.

TESLA was formed in Sacramento in 1985, named after the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, who pioneered the radio.  They quickly scored a deal with Geffen Records and released their debut album, “Mechanical Resonance” in 1986 with hard rock hits and crowd favorites “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” But it was the follow-up album titled “The Great Radio Controversy” that truly broke the band. The first single, “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” was a hit with hard rock audiences, setting the stage for the second single, a comforting ballad called “Love Song” which substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics.

In keeping with their unpretentious, blue-collar roots, TESLA responded to stardom not with the glam theatrics of their tour mates and peers of the era, but by stripping things down. The idea behind 1990 album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” was virtually unheard of—a pop-metal band playing loose, informal acoustic versions of their best-known songs along with a few covers.

TESLA’s music was sturdy enough to hold up with audiences and helped directly inspire a new movement in music.  Its relaxed vibe had enough edge to prove acoustic music could sound vital and energetic. The album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” is credited for starting MTV’s “Unplugged” craze of the ‘90s which included artist like Eric Clapton, Nirvana and many others following suit with acoustic live albums.

Next up came “Psychotic Supper” in 1991, spawning the greatest number of TESLA hits like “Edison’s Medicine,” “Call it What You Want “ and “What You Give.”  They followed up with one more album in 1994 before internal problems caused the band to split.  The band reconciled after years apart and created a new album filled with original music in 2004.  

In 2009 TESLA released their newest album “Forever More” which gives the audience a look through their 25-year musical journey.  Prepare for the album’s self-titled track to open the show on this tour along with singles “I Wanna Live” and “Breakin’ Free.”  The band now owns and operates under its own record label, TESLA Electric Company Recordings.

Get your tickets to see revolutionary pop-rockers TESLA perform live in Silver Legacy’s Grand Exposition Hall on Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from $45 with premium seating for $60.  Reserve seats online at

-Diana Rogers