The Harris Ranch Tesla Supercharger is in an idyllic ranch in Central California, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is the largest electric car charging station in America, with 98 charging bays all for Tesla's EVs, the site helps Tesla owners who are trying to make the six-hour-long journey between the two metropolises. However, according to reports, it is still at least partially powered by a small diesel plant. (Related: Over 90% of reported crashes involving self-driving cars were caused by Tesla vehicles – some even led to DEATHS.)
Where the Harris Ranch's energy needs come from was first uncovered by investigative journalist Edward Niedermeyer in 2015 and it contradicted Tesla's claims that its supercharging stations were powered by so-called clean energy. Tesla promises that all of its superchargers will be powered by renewable energy by the end of 2021.
However, the reality at the Harris Ranch shows that the EV company still has not fulfilled its promise.
"Once you stop taking [Tesla CEO] Elon Musk at his word, his heroic popular image evaporates, and a far darker reality begins to reveal itself," said Niedermeyer.
Right next to the Tesla Supercharger at Harris Ranch, Coalinga is a Shell gas station. Hidden in plain sight right behind this Shell station is the small diesel plant that helps power the Tesla station.
Niedermeyer noted that it is likely many other Tesla charging stations use their own diesel generators, which are necessary to power additional Superchargers – the kind that only take between 30 to 60 minutes to fully recharge a Tesla EV's battery – to handle additional energy needs, especially during holiday rushes.
"People think … the power comes from just the sky or something," noted energy public policy analyst David Blackmon. "But something has to generate the electricity that enables those chargers to recharge those batteries. And Tesla operates this charging station and decided they needed that diesel generating plant, and they strategically located it behind the Shell station."
Blackmon noted that he himself has found a diesel generator powering an EV charging station at a supermarket in Houston. "Every time a car pulled up to recharge, that diesel generator came on and provided the power for it," he said.
Blackmon added that the EV industry is still going through "a lot of growing pains" due to the lack of proper infrastructure needed to support its rapid growth. It is likely the EV industry and Tesla will continue relying on fossil fuels for some time.
"Tesla's way out in front of all these other carmakers in the EV space here in the United States, and is doing whatever it needs to do to ensure electricity goes to these chargers so that the drivers in California – its biggest market for Tesla – and their automobiles, they want to make sure they can charge their cars as they're driving through the Central Valley," said Blackmon. "And yeah, the diesel generators are doing the job."
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