Word on the street is that Westport has more Teslas than any other town in the state.
But only one is a Tesla 3.
That’s the new affordable electric sports sedan. After state and federal incentives, the Model 3 starts at $25,000, according to a press release from the Westport Green Task Force. (A Westporter who works for Tesla says the cost is actually $35,000 to $40,000.)
Over 180,000 people pre-ordered the car within 24 hours of its announcement last July.
Production is sluggish though. So far, only 2,500 have come off the line.
But Westporter Bruce Becker — an architect and member of the Westport Electric Car Club — took delivery of his on Monday. He says it’s one of only 3 Tesla 3s in Connecticut.
Becker brought his vehicle to Staples High School this afternoon. It was part of a “high tech show-and-tell” for interested students.
The event took place at Staples’ charging stations, outside the fieldhouse.
Becker calls Westport “a leader in the transition to electric vehicles — an important driver for environmental, public health and economic reasons.” He says that besides the highest per capita number of Teslas, our town also leads in per capita registration of all kinds of electric vehicles.
First Selectman Jim Marpe lent his support. Noting Westporters’ long support of sustainable solutions, he said, “The town is proud to support EV ownership through its network of public EV charging stations.”
Besides Staples, there are chargers at the library, Town Hall, train stations, and in a few commercial and private residential areas.