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Tesla Charging Station Could Make Economic Spark

Arizona’s tourism economy could get a boost next year from the electric-vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors. The company is opening a supercharging station in Quartzsite with six more coming soon around the state.

Ray Hagerman with Four Corners Economic Development says the idea is to locate the centers near restaurants and shopping centers, in areas where Tesla owners will spend some money as they wait for their vehicles to charge.

"People plug in and they charge,” Hagerman said. “An hour later the charge is done. But the idea is, it's within walking distance to go to dinner or something like that, or go do some shopping and wait for the charge to get done."

Tesla plans to open supercharging stations in the next few months near Buckeye, Flagstaff, Gila Bend, Winslow and Yuma, with two more expected later in 2014.

In the wee small hours of the morning, when most of us are working on REM sleep, Morning Edition host and reporter, Dennis Lambert busily prepares the news and information KJZZ listeners hear as they prepare for the day. He did that for KJZZ listeners from 1996 to 2016. Dennis retired in 2016.