Tesla’s largest Supercharger V3 station to date has taken a definitive step forward, with the Santa Monica, CA, Planning Commission approving the 62-stall rapid-charging facility in a 5-2 vote.
The approval came following three hours of discussions and questions, which included some interesting points against the Supercharger V3 site.
The 62-stall Supercharger V3 station, located at 1401 Santa Monica Blvd., would feature two lots, split by an alley. The west lot of the station will include 36 Supercharger V3 stalls, while the east side will house the remaining 26. The project will also include solar arrays on the west lot, battery storage units and a restroom accessed by a code.
The Santa Monica Planning Commission spent about three hours discussing the proposed rapid charging facility’s advantages and disadvantages. Several officials expressed their opposition to the Supercharger V3 station, and their reasons were unprecedented, at least to some degree.
Among the concerns brought up was the possible fan noise from the Supercharger stations and how it may disturb local residents in the area.
Other commissioners expressed their concern about Tesla drivers charging at night who may play their “radios” very loudly and wake up people nearby. In this light, some commissioners asked why Tesla engineers could not use their tech to geofence the charging location to limit the vehicles’ “radio” volume.
It was also hinted that Tesla contribute funds to help the city address its housing shortage.
Other concerns against the proposed facility involved the fact the Supercharger V3 station may attract the homeless to the site, likely due to its restroom.
There were also concerns about...