Tesla Superchargers Blitz Across Germany

NOV 15 2014 BY MARK HOVIS 32

Hey Ho, Lets Go!

Hey Ho, Lets Go!

Not since Joey Ramone and the band toured Germany has the country seen this much American energy. In the past seven-ish days, Germany saw the opening of three new Tesla superchargers in Hirschberg, Wernberg, and Lauenau for a total of 22 superchargers. Additionally, three superchargers went under construction in Achern, Schleswig-Busdorf, Nossen, as well as a new service center that began construction in Berlin.

During a 2013 event in Germany, Elon Musk made two major announcements.

First, recognizing Germans’ love to drive their high-end vehicles at top speeds on the autobahn, Tesla will offer customers a free optional high-speed tuning. The tuning, Musk says, enables a better driving experience at top speeds.

Second, Tesla will be making a huge investment in its Superchargers in the country. Tesla plans to have about 40-50 Superchargers in the country by the end of 2015, giving 100% of the population of Germany access to a Supercharger station. The company plans to approximately double the number of Supercharges in the country every quarter all the way through the end of 2015. This should give chargers approximately 200 km spacing — shorter than the average distance in the U.S., probably due to expected higher driving speeds, which would decrease Model S battery range. 

Joey Ramone might have followed

They’re all reved up and ready to go.

They’re forming in a straight line.

They’re going through a tight wind…

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GeorgeS

“Not since Joey Ramone and the band toured Germany has the country seen this much American energy.”

“Joey Ramone might have followed

They’re all reved up and ready to go.

They’re forming in a straight line.

They’re going through a tight wind…”

Who says engineers can’t write.

Not me. and I are one.

Great flair Mark H.

I think Joey Ramone also would have said:

“I want to be sedated.”

…..but alas it’s still 6 hours till cocktail hour.

Mark H

Thanks George. I always sucomb to the editors not to print the added flair but somehow they keep passing it through. I was viewing the supercharger.info and Blitzkrieg Bop was just screaming to come out.

Spec9

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

Spec9

For those not getting the reference:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBUusDv6hXI

GeorgeS

RIP Joey!!

JR

I think this is a smart move, if Tesla should brake the sales barrier in Germany.
Germany is the backbone of Europa when it comes to freeway.
Free speed limit equals freedom for the German people. They need 250 km/h and superchargers along the motorway, this is bare necessary, If Tesla can make it here they can make it everywhere.

yuval Brandstetter MD

soon there will be more superchargers than tesla vehicles on the road. Germans are so supercilious they will never acknowledge another brand as superior to their own, so chances are tesla will lose their pants in Germany. Better spend their money in Switzerland, Italy, Holland and Iberia. and yes, Israel where they have stupidly not put down a foot

ffbj

Blitz across Germany, there’s some irony for you.

tftf

I don’t think this overinvesting makes sense. It’s clear from sales nunbers that German sales have been very disappointing for Tesla so far. Will it change because of a denser SC network? I doubt it.

Germans love their domestic brands, especially in the high-end segment (foreign brands like Lexus and Infiniti also post relatively peoor sales in Germany compares to other markets).

It will take years to change this perception…Tesla could probably its money in other areas/countries more wisely.

Mikael

Not at all. Even though Germany is just the third largest european market for Tesla so far and fith largest market worldwide for Tesla there are more reasons.

Germany is the transportation hub when going to different countries in Europe and other top selling countries are directly linked to it, like the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Denmark.
Even the Norwegians need german chargers (even though swedish and danish chargers were a higher priority for them).

Plus they need the super charger network up and running when the Model 3 arrives and moving from the center out makes a lot of sense in Europe when building it.

tftf

I don’t think this overinvesting makes sense. It’s rather obvious from officila sales nunbers that German sales have been very disappointing for Tesla so far. Will it change because of a denser SC network? I doubt it.

Germans love their domestic brands, especially in the high-end segment (foreign brands like Lexus and Infiniti also post relatively peoor sales in Germany compares to other markets).

It will take years to change this perception…Tesla could probably its money in other areas/countries more wisely.

JR

If you live in Europe, this makes sense, all travel in summertime goes though Germany, it is the spinal cord of Europa.
Agree they are conservative and big fans on own cars and for good reason.
You got to be up early beat them on their home base with a new brand, but I thin this will brake some ground, time will show…

James

Sure it does. The Italian Autostrada too.

It’s a hub of transportation in Europe. It will get into the collective minds of Germans also when a Model S shoots by them on the Autobahn using zero gas, looking all sexy and Jaguar-sleek. Don’t think for a second that they don’t know their own carmakers cannot ( will not ) make a car that can do what Model S does.

It’s payback time. I’ve lived my entire decades of life with Mercedes, BMW and now, Audi making the class cars people with money want. Status symbol? Now – AMERICAN!

Plus – my dad sold Cadillacs for many years, yet longed for that Mercedes he could not afford. When he retired, he bought one. And it was a lemon! It had a fatal internal engine flaw Mercedes could not fix, yet would not admit to or replace.

So much for German aspirational cars…

tftf

Sure, there’s some EU-wide transit travel across Germany, but that still doesn’t make sense in my opinion given all the other areas and refions Tesla could invest money.

@James, beyond personal anecdotes, look at German Model S sales. They are published every month in Germany and way (magnitudes) below Tesla’s original sales goals!

Mikael

“All the other areas..” what other areas are you refering to?

yuval Brandstetter MD

German cars are glitzy outside and rather rotten inside. Typically your transmission will go pfeiffen two weeks after the warranty expires. They count on the German pride and unearned repuatation for engineering, and disappoint every time.

GeorgeS

You’d think that the Tesla would catch on in Germany….or at least some form of EV (even if it was German).

Those Germans love their renewables.

JR

I think there are more challenges, here is some
1.Getting the fast change infrastructure in place and kill the argument for IC cars
2.It needs to be prestige to drive electric car
3. Tesla should not be in the inner lane with the lorry´s saving range, but out playing with the others.

PS:On my trip to France this summer I so only one Tesla on it way home to Holland.

If Tesla made sticker “my next car will be electric” I would gladly put it on the back of my Alfa Romeo next time I go though Germany to spread the good message
sorry but I cant myself effort a Tesla! yet

Mikael

Not as much as they love their coal… 😛

With expensive electricity, dirty electricity and some of the fastest highways in Europe there are little advantages for the Tesla or other EV’s and many disadvantages.

There is a good reason why Germany has some of the most emitting cars in Europe and why they have been pushing hard against regulations for lesser emisions.

GeorgeS

Now Now.
It’s just temporary.
The coal thing is just a stop gap.

Mikael

I believe that when I see it. A lot of those German coal mines won’t be shut down many decades from now.

Mark H

Proper energy storage changes everything. No one can know when this industry matures, but it sure feels like less than a decade away now.

My utility co-op already pays wholesale only. I buy 6000 kWh/yr @ 12 cents/kWh and sell about the same 6000 kWh/yr @ 5 cents/kWh.
Over 20 years, that leaves an $8000+ delta to be used toward batteries. I trust my German friends will make the jump to energy storage as well when the time is right.

GeorgeS

People in Ca don’t understand.

GeorgeS

about your pricing from the utility.

Mark H

I am afraid the utility game being played in the southern US may find its way elsewhere in the short run. In the long run, engineering wins!

JR

Germany is closing there Nuclear power plants, they need the extra energy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_Germany
also remember they German are big on solar power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_Germany

Mikael

Well, most people don’t understand the extreme limitations of energy storage.

One year of maximum production of batteries in the Gigafactory could keep the lights on in Germany for about 40 minutes.

So coal will be king in Germany for the forseeable future.

Philip

I understand you didn’t mean it to be, Mikael, but (if correct) that’s actually quite an impressive statistic.

James

Elon is not only doing an “in-your-face!” move by planting Superchargers all over Germany, he is also making the case for the legacy Deutschland boys to use his Supercharger standard when they finally wake up from their long snooze and build competitive machines.

tftf

For change to happen, Tesla would need a lot more sales first in Germany.

Their sales in Germany are very disappointing so far, for example not even in the EV top 5 sales spots in October 2014:

http://ev-sales.blogspot.com/2014/11/october-preview-france-netherlands-and.html

Philip

“For change to happen, Tesla would need a lot more sales first in Germany.”

Ummmmmm. . . Isn’t that perhaps part of the reason Tesla are installing more superchargers. . . to MAKE change happen?

Ryan

Would love to see BMW jump on this bandwagon and utilize Tesla charging technology through their open patents… perhaps in exchange for carbon fiber technology??