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Heavy holiday traffic leads to long lines at Tesla charging stations

Local hotels also saw an influx of guests due to traffic
Posted at 7:10 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 22:39:06-05

After spending hours in traffic due to road closures, many Tesla owners were forced to make more frequent stops to recharge their vehicles.

Many of those drivers stopped at the supercharging station at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

Jack Li is headed to Los Angeles from San Francisco and says he waited 30 minutes to do a 45-minute battery recharge which will last him about 200 miles.

“I started driving around 7:00 this morning, then I stopped at a Gilroy supercharger for like an hour and then I came here” Li said.

The charging station can charge 14 units at a time but also has the option for drivers to charge their cars with chargers that replicate the ones owners have at home. That takes a bit longer.

The backed-up roadways also impacted local hotels.

Quality Suites on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo says they typically plan ahead for the holidays but did see an increase in unexpected guests thanks to all the traffic.

“A little bit of a slight increase than usual in years past, especially for the day right after Christmas. Again, it’s something that we prepare for,” said Winston Newland, the hotel's general manager.