Tesla Announces Expansion of Supercharger Network in Europe



That’s the headline from Tesla’s latest press release, which continues with this:

Tesla's Current Supercharger Map for Europe

Tesla’s Current Supercharger Map for Europe

“Newly energized routes enable free, convenient long distance travel across DACH region and the Netherlands.”

Tesla currently lists 14 Superchargers open in Europe, but that’ll grow as “this week, Tesla officially opens new Supercharger locations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. These newly-energized routes will enable Model S customers to enjoy free, convenient, 100 percent electric trips on the German Autobahn and to destinations in the Alps and elsewhere.”

Tesla adds that:

“As of today, 81 Supercharger locations are energized worldwide, with 14 locations in Europe. More than 11 million kilometers have been charged by Tesla Superchargers and nearly 1.13 million liters of gas have been offset.”

Per the remainder of Tesla’s press release:

The accelerated energizing of Superchargers in Germany (Wilnsdorf, Bad Rappenau, Aichstetten and Jettingen), Switzerland (Lully), Austria (St. Anton) and the Netherlands (Zevenaar and Oosterhout) represents a new milestone in the expansion of the European network. In Germany, Superchargers connect Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. They also connect the German network to Amsterdam, Zurich, and Innsbruck. In the Netherlands, energized routes connect Amsterdam to Cologne and Brussels, and in Switzerland the stations connect Zurich and Geneva.

By the end of March 2014, 50 percent of the German population will live within 320km of a Supercharger, and 100 percent of the population will be covered by the end of the year.


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It just seems odd that nobody else is building a free charging network like this for their customers…


It doesn’t seem odd to me. The Leaf and similar range EVs simply don’t have the range to be used for cross country trips. Building an infrastructure of chademo chargers would be far more costly as they’d have to put them much closer together, and nobody would likely use them having to stop every 30 minutes and recharge.

GM,Ford,Mitsubishi, and possibly even BMW seem to be betting mostly on PHEV, which don’t really need charging infrastructure. Toyota thinks Hydrogen is the future, so why bother?

It’s not free. When you buy a Tesla Model S, $2k of your purchase is earmarked towards building the SC network. They sold a lot of them, so they can build the network quickly.

Besides, Nissan does offer at least in the US, to foot more than half the bill for ChaDeMo installation – plus it has installed many dozens of them in its own dealership. Problem is, of course, with a much shorter range they’d have to build about 10x as many ChaDeMo’s to compete with Tesla’s coverage. A better solution is of course to increase the Leaf’s range, which will likely happen in the 2015 model.

Tesla has not said anything how much they have earmarked for supercharging infrastructure per 85 kWh Model S sales. To present day they have financed the supercharging infrastructure mostly with the capital that they have received by selling stocks. Later on their total revenue will be the source of capital.

We only know how much it costs to upgrade 60 kWh Model S, but it is wrong to jump into conclusion that it would reflect the value of Superchargin infrastructure. Actually the supercharging upgrade price more likely reflects Tesla’s prediction how much people are likely to pay for free supercharging as an option.

I guess it only make sense if you have 200 miles and above range products.

Why no free gas stations?
On my list of things that will never happen. But if you posed this question to any of the top automakers I am sure you would just get stunned silence, or an answer like that is ridiculous, no one can offer free gas for life of the vehicle to their customers.
Yes, that is probably true, but then Tesla has done it for ev’s.
In regards to the question about other free charging systems. Currently Tesla is the only ev you would want to take on a long distance trip due to free charging at super chargers and a reasonable range that no other ev’s have. If Nissan built such a system for the Leaf it would not make much sense. as it is an urban vehicle designed for short range trips. Not to say you can’t do a 500 mile trip or so, but lots of stops to charge.

Are these superchargers 135KW or 120KW?

120 kW according Tesla’s press release. I wonder why Elon mentioned that German superchargers will operate at 135 kW? Perhaps Tesla is planning to upgrade superchargers in few years. They have entertained a long term idea of 15 minutes and even faster supercharging.

i think the 135 kW noumber is beacause the european vertion model s comes whith 3 phace chargers in the car capeble of 11 kW, the american vertion “only” charge whith 10 kW.
the super charger is 12 car chargers bundeld up together, so in the US the SC can give 120 kW and in europe 132 kW

True it is not totally free, since in addition, around 80% of charging an owner does will not be done at a super-charger. But since the average family spend 3k a year on gas, after 9 months you have paid that off with the 2k premium, you paid for the sc network. After that then charging on a sc is free. The charging you do at home costs 1/3 or less than the cost of a similar gas vehicle. In other words it is a really good deal.

I’ve read the press release and it just looks like old news being presented as new news. Or do you think that they will open up another 5-10 chargers in central europe this week?

It just looks very strange…

I think more will open this week, but yes Tesla’s press release on this one is very vague and difficult to make sense of, which is why we put out most of press release without drawing our own conclusions.

Germany will be a very difficult market to get into. Germans love their own cars and think all else is garbage. A lot of the premium cars are company cars where the employee gets to choose either MB, BMW or AUDI, that’s it. They are usually E-class, 5-series or A6 wagons, with 4 cylinder diesel engines. Lexus is a no go here, not even talking about Infinity. However, Germans are green, they admire many American things, if they are good that is (they wouldn’t admit this themselves), so if anyone, it’s Tesla that has a chance here. I think that one thing that Elon needs to do is go out there and tell his story, spend 3 weeks and talk on radio, TV etc as much as possible, about the same stuff that he talks about in the US. And then he needs to do the same in the UK, France, Nordics. I am European and people here don’t know who Elon Musk is, this needs to change.

Sounds like an excellent idea Boris! You should run that by someone at Tesla.

Just wondering if Tesla would let also other e-vehicles charge.
A TWIKE has a range of 300 miles and it would be able to adapt to the Tesla Supercharger.

I think the idea is great, but only if Tesla will let other e-mobiles charge as well.

Why on earth would they ever consider others to charge there? It makes no sense what so ever.

Tesla is pro-EV, and they publicly welcomed other automakers interested in adapting their vehicles to use the SuperCharger Network. Dunno what Tesla would want per car, or how many companies have seriously taken Elon up on the offer…

Others have made the point that few non-Tesla EVs could really benefit much from them yet, due to range limitations. I would tend to agree.

I don’t think that superchargers will be free for all Tesla vehicles in the future. Elon Musk said that they will be free forever for Model S owners. What about the other models coming after Model S? He never mentioned that. The whole “free superchargers” is just a tool to get masses excited and to start EV revolution and it works. Hovever, I believe that even if Tesla charges for electricity, it would be much cheaper than anything else.

I’m OK with a pay per use paradigm for lower cost Tesla Vehicles, like the Model E or the hinted at city car (Model C ?). Let the 1%ers fund the initial network for everyone else. 🙂

The idea of free superchargers to allow long distance travel is good but it could be parasitized by car owners living nearby that charge for the sole purpose of avoiding the bill of home charging. If that behavior becomes common place the free status will become costly to bear and jeopardize its continuation.

A solution to this would be to make supercharging close to home a non free situation that would be billed to the owner since the car ID is known when it charges by the communication that takes place beforehand.

Roughly 5% of miles driven are powered by Superchargers. Charging is most convenient at home and not that costly, plus they are located for the convenience of Interstate Highway driving not everyday commuting for most people. There are some and will always be some that take advantage of the free charging opportunity but that is a very small percentage of the overall charging picture. The model works very, very well for Tesla and costs relatively little, even when including the electricity. That’s not to say some future bean counter won’t cut off the service or discontinue its inclusion with future models as a free for life service but that won’t be this management team. It is a HUGE differentiator and barrier to entry for the competition and more importantly a tremendous selling tool for EVs.

I should have stated that it’s inclusion will likely be similar the Model S. Included at no extra cost with the largest battery size and a charged (no pun) option for smaller battery sizes.

“By the end of March 2014, 50 percent of the German population will live within 320km of a Supercharger, and 100 percent of the population will be covered by the end of the year.”

yes and for what ? nobody wants to buy a tesla S in germany……