Tesla: 100% of Population in 7 European Countries to be Within Supercharge Range by End of 2014

DEC 20 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

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In the US, Tesla’s goal is to put within Supercharge range 80% of the US population by the end of 2014.  That figure is expected to jump to 98% by the end of 2015.

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Tesla Motors has been rather good at spreading its Supercharger word in the US, but what’s the grand plan in Europe?

Tesla now says that it’s short-term goal is to have 100% of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark within Supercharge range by the end of 2014.  Within that same time frame, 90% of population of England, Wales and Sweden are expected to be within Supercharge range.

It would seem to us that most of Tesla’s Western European Supercharging efforts will be complete within 12 months’ time then.  After that, Tesla will be left filling a few Supercharge holes here and there.

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17 Comments on "Tesla: 100% of Population in 7 European Countries to be Within Supercharge Range by End of 2014"

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Hi there,
AMAZING TESLA
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Hi!
I repeat here something mentioned in other comments:

3 new SC just opened in US (last two days!):
– Mitchell, SD
– Vacaville, CA
– Lusk, WY

Last week: 3 in US, 1 in Switzerland, 4 in Germany. Total: 8.
This week (till now): 4 in US, 1 in Austria. Total: 5

Total US: 44
Total Europe: 14
Total World: 58

At least 22 under construction in US alone.

http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
http://www.teslawiki.net/supercharger/

And 0.05%* of that population will be able to afford a Model S so that they can use the supercharger. Where’s the Model E?

*Number made up.

Actually, there were more than 3.1 million millionaires in the 5 Western European countries with more millionaires in 2012 (Wikipedia). That means, more than 1% of Western Europe population. Certainly they could all afford a Model S. Many more well-off people (not millionaires) could probably join them. So, room for 3-4 million Model S…
How many of them would actually buy a Model S (how many know about it?), and maybe even more how many cars would Tesla be able to deliver… I guess those are the key questions.

Norway: currently 90% of the population within 200 miles from a SC.

Stop this nonsense claims. This are no real street distances and I would need to use exact the one route where the SuperCharger is located, 99% of the other routes don’t have a SuperCharger and will never have.
You can’t compete with 100 proprietary charging points against 10000 standard quick chargers, which will be installed across Europe in 2 years too.

Go check out chargemap.com, lots of options to chose from other than superchargers, lots!

Did Tesla say anything about battery swap stations in Europe?

“It would seem to us that most of Tesla’s Western European Supercharging efforts will be complete within 12 months’ time then. After that, Tesla will be left filling a few Supercharge holes here and there.”

If Tesla just puts in the bare minimum to put everyone just within reach of a Supercharger the company will fail. What they need to do is to build a dense network people can conveniently plan their trips around. That means one can never be more than 50 miles from the next Supercharger. Tesla has its work cut out for it if it wants to succeed.

If you look at the maps of what they are doing then you would see that they start with just within reach and then make it denser in big selling areas (like the US west coast and especially California).
Non-Tesla fast chargers will be everywhere and Tesla super chargers will along any major highway taking you long distances fast.

It’s kind of amazing how fast they are building their charging network. And if they sell 40-50 000 Model S in 2014 and then closer to 100 000 cars (Model S + Model X) in 2015 there is no reason to believe that they won’t add a shit load of super chargers.

I’m sure we will see the first Tesla going from Norway to Spain in 2014 and maybe the first going across all of Eurasia (maybe Spain to Beijing) in 2015 or 2016…
Why you say? Just because they can 😛

Nordkap to Gibraltar would be a cool road tripp 🙂

“What they need to do is to build a dense network people can conveniently plan their trips around”
Not really. The denser parts will be covered by slower CHAdeMO/CCS chargers. Tesla only needs to put enough to be within range on the most popular routes.

They allready have 100% of 4 countries within that distance. Switzerland, netherlands , belgium and luxenburg. But belgium and luxenburg have no SC in them..

Yay, Belgium is completely covered. Even with 0 stations 🙂

Yeah, except you always have to be travelling in-to or out-of the country.

At least one station will be needed to cover Belgium in a more proper sense. But it’s such a small country that when there are 3 stations in Belgium you will be able to travel around the country and not think about the range 😛

The SC grid planned in Europe is the bare minimum. People are going to drive all over the place. That includes fair distances off the main roads. There are garages along those roads but no SC, nor are there planned any.

The EV driver need powerful charging facilities on regular intervals and if Tesla will not yield, somebody must. Otherwise we will never get rid of the fossil menace.

Good news is that a lunch brake charging of say 40 kWh should be available for EUR 5. I am sure many local businesses will see this as an opportunity to attract business from their EV customers. They’ll sit eating until their charge is up!