by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica
Convergence. It’s what happens when two competing ideas begin to merge. For the past 7 years, Tesla has been going it alone when it comes to building charging infrastructure for the electric cars is produces. Its Supercharger locations were dedicated solely to Tesla drivers. If you drove a LEAF or a Chevy Bolt, you were on your own. Now, Tesla and the city of Pasadena have agreed to a five year plan that will see them cooperate on the construction of the largest EV fast charging facility in the western United States.
On March 11, the Pasadena city council voted 7–0 to move forward with the plan. Tesla will install 24 of its Superchargers on the roof of the Marengo parking garage on East Green Street. Here’s the kicker: While Tesla is doing that, it will do something it has never done before. It will pay to install the basic electrical wiring needed to install another 20 Level 3 fast chargers. That will save the city about $140,000 in capital costs, reports the Pasadena Star-News. Pasadena currently has one public Level 3 charger and no Superchargers.