Tesla owners, advocates set to gather for Capitol Campus rally

Staff writerFebruary 16, 2014 


David Pringle of Seattle waits by the Tesla Model S all-electric car after "filling up" at the Shell electric charging station on Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. The Tumwater station is now highlighted on the West Coast Electric Highway map and website. The station features a standard Level 2 electric charger, and the new DC Fast Charger. Pringle and three other men are making the drive through the state from Blaine to Vancouver to highlight the economic impacts of a well-developed electric vehicle infrastructure.

TONY OVERMAN — Staff photographer Buy Photo

Curious about the high-performance electric cars manufactured by Tesla? Well, visit the Capitol Campus Monday morning and you might catch a glimpse of them.

That's according to Tesla, which says it plans to bring Tesla owners and advocates to the Capitol Campus to voice their opposition to two bills.

The company says the two bills -- house bill 2524 and senate bill 6272 -- "would prevent Tesla from opening and operating additional facilities in the state," according to a news release.

The rally is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at 416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W., Olympia.

More about Tesla, according to a news release:

-Washington state has the fourth largest volume of Model S sedans in North America.

-Tesla has installed three supercharger stations in the state and plans to add more this year.

-Tesla has delivered more than 25,000 electric vehicles to customers in 31 countries.

 Tesla is based in Palo Alto, Calif. The company was co-founded by Elon Musk, who also co-founded PayPal.


Rolf Boone rboone@theolympian.com 360-754-5403

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