Tesla to Expand Supercharger Network in Europe
From the floor of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Tesla Motors announced Supercharger network expansion plans for Europe.
Before we get to that, let’s first say that Tesla has now confirmed Model S deliveries in these European countries:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk added this:
“The focus of Model S on design, engineering and performance makes it very well suited for the European market. This year has already been one of tremendous growth and expansion throughout Europe for Tesla and Model S. Before the end of this year, our European operations will expand even further, with new stores and service centres in locations including Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Berlin, Paris, Cote d’Azur/Provence, Stavanger, Vienna, Amsterdam, Basel, Geneva, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Stockholm and London.”
Now it’s time to talk Superchargers. Tesla says this of its European charging network:
“Tesla’s first network of European Supercharging stations opened in Norway at the end of August, allowing Model S owners to travel conveniently and for free across Norway’s most vital and commonly used roads and highways. More European routes will be energized in the coming months, providing coverage well within the Model S rated range of 480 km per charge. By the end of 2014, 100 percent of the population of Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg will live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, with about 90 percent of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station.”
But, as we attempted to show with the inclusion of two newly released Supercharger maps, not much activity will take place in 2013. By year’s end, only a tiny fraction of Europe will be Supercharger. By the end of 2014, most of Europe will be charged up by Tesla. So, don’t expect to see a ton of Superchargers opening in Europe this year. However, 2014 seems set to be the year when Supercharging takes Europe by storm.