On a day when gasoline prices continued to climb nationally, Tesla owners could be forgiven for feeling a bit smug about their vehicles. After all, they were at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland to welcome the opening of the largest array of chargers in the Northeast.
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Best of all, those chargers are free.

Actually, they’re called Superchargers. That’s because they can have a Tesla battery pack fully charged and ready to go in anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, or in terms of distance traveled, “300 miles per hour,” said Allen Smith, a Tesla owner from Duanesburg.

The Crossgates installation includes 20 Superchargers, and most of the spaces were occupied Tuesday morning by what was likely the largest concentration of the all-electric cars ever in the Capital Region.

Tesla also operates a smaller Supercharger station at Colonie Center, and on Tuesday it announced that the five Cole’s Collision Centers in the Capital Region would soon be the Capital Region’s first Tesla-authorized body shop.