Tesla Adding More Superchargers, Stores, Service Centers Throughout Europe in 2014
March 6, 2014 4:00 PM
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Tesla wants potential EV customers to stop worrying about electric range when it comes to the Model S
Tesla Motors recently made a
coast-to-coast road trip
possible in the U.S. with its all-electric Model S sedan, and the automaker wants travelers in Europe to have the same experience.
, there are big plans for an expansion of Supercharger stations throughout Europe in 2014. These stations rapidly charge Tesla's Model S for free, where a full charge takes around 75 minutes. New stores and service centers will be making their way to select European countries as well.
Currently, Tesla has 14 Superchargers throughout Norway, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. But the automaker is looking to place more within those countries and expand to the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden by the end of the year. It's not clear how many will be placed total.
Tesla will also open 30 new service centers and stores around Europe. Service centers will be placed in Sweden, Italy, and France for the first time, and stores will open in Birmingham and Manchester in the UK, Lyon and Bordeaux in France, Gothenburg in Sweden, and many more.
Tesla wants potential EV customers to stop worrying about electric range when it comes to getting from point A to point B, and placing more Superchargers between major cities and frequented destinations is the way to do it.
The automaker recently placed more Supercharger stations between
Los Angeles and New York City
in the U.S. as a way of relieving range anxiety for its American users.
Tesla is making its way into
as well, where CEO Elon Musk recently said that the country might match the U.S. in volume "as early as next year" regarding the Model S.
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3/6/2014 7:49:39 PM
Well Reclaimer77, I gotta say I like what you have to say most of the time, and I'm not disagreeing with you that the tax payer is creating subsidies to go against true capitalism. That shit sucks for sure. Corn ethanol pisses me off 10x more than this hide and seek of energy. As if energy comes from magic and not coal just because you're plugging your car into a box instead of a gas pump. Both burn fossil fuel to create energy just one is in your face and one isn't.
Consider this though...Tesla expanding into many nations to gain profits isn't a bad thing. This could make it far less likely that the US tax payer is going to lose out on all our tax dollars completely by auto industry/Gov't actually creating an affordable EV and battery tech that one day surpasses ICE's in efficiency for less money, with better performance, while one day also using renewable/nuclear energy to power the charging stations...I know it's not gonna happen tomorrow but...it could happen eventually.
Now also consider that if other nations are helping to fund Tesla's bottom line then its not the US tax payer footing the bill to do so. If Tesla continues its current model of putting superchargers in the US then hopefully to an extent its coming from foreign profits and not US subsidies. Which I can stomach until the above becomes true.
So in this circumstance I'm more hopeful than angered by what is going on.
Now my Grandpa used to say you can have hope in one hand and shit in the other, and which one is actually full? But so far Musk in general seems to be doing his best to do things right for the most part and I think given some time this could potentially be one of the subsidies that actually pays off, and benefits the US tax payer.
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