Tesla to Expand Supercharger Network in Europe

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Winter 2014 Map - Blue Lines Denote Routes Supported by Supercharger Network

Winter 2014 Map – Blue Lines Denote Routes Supported by Supercharger Network

From the floor of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Tesla Motors announced Supercharger network expansion plans for Europe.

Tesla Press Conference - Live Image Copyright InsideEVs

Tesla Press Conference – Live Image Copyright InsideEVs

Before we get to that, let’s first say that Tesla has now confirmed Model S deliveries in these European countries:

  • Norway
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Tesla CEO Elon Musk added this:

Tesla's Stand Was Busy in Frankfurt - Live Image Copyright InsideEVs

Tesla’s Stand Was Busy in Frankfurt – Live Image Copyright InsideEVs

“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 Plug - Live Image Copyright InsideEVs

Tesla Plug – Live Image Copyright InsideEVs

“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.

Don't Expect Much Supercharger Support by This Winter

Don’t Expect Much Supercharger Support by This Winter

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5 responses to "Tesla to Expand Supercharger Network in Europe"

  1. offib says:

    So it comes to Iceland, but not Ireland?

  2. Ocean Railroader says:

    This is great news considering gas is like $10.00 dollars a gallon over there.

  3. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    It sure would be nice if Tesla put a “region-specific-standard” additional port behind a front “grille” flip-away panel. So you would still have the SuperCharger port in the rear left but in front you’d have a J1772, ChaDeMo, CCS, etc. connector (or more than one) as specified by the customer. Public charging has standardized on head-in parking, so putting it in the middle front like the LEAF makes the most sense.

  4. Dan Frederiksen says:

    Ah, I was wondering if Tesla would ever join the car shows.

    Their understanding of Denmark leaves much to be desired 🙂
    They don’t see a major market in eastern Europe 🙂

  5. martinwinlow says:

    Intrigued that the photo of the charger plug shows a Mennekes (IEC 62196) one. Is Tesla forgoing its own ‘standard’ in Europe?