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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.

According to Tesla, 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 China 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. 

Source: Tesla Motors



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By BZDTemp on 3/7/2014 7:46:19 AM , Rating: 4
Especially here in Denmark where normal cars are taxed with a 180% car tax and electric cars aren't which means electric cars are essentially heavily subsidized. The price of a basic 3-series BMW and the Tesla S is essentially the same so guess what people buy.

While I'm not a fan of Mr. Musk himself I gotta hand it to him. He has pulled it off and the car industry as a whole has been caught napping.




By Murloc on 3/8/2014 8:11:30 AM , Rating: 2
once there are many electric vehicles the state is going to need the tax income back and it's going to need the disincentivation of private transport to work again too so electric vehicles will be taxed as well.

Depending on when that happens (basically how much you're willing to pay for promotion of electric vehicles), e-cars might be already widespread enough or they might take a hit.

There are still other issues:
1. most countries don't go stalin on cars but only on petrol so people just stick to cheap econoboxes
2. denmark is flat and has developed public transportation.
In other countries, you may need much more flexibility regarding trips and in many cases not using a car is not an option.


By freaqie on 3/9/2014 12:43:27 PM , Rating: 2
the incentive is also meant to give a first push, no more ;)
the incentive is meant to progress the country faster and to get people to accept some of the issues with it more readily. (like lack of charging stations) when enough people use the incentive the secondary problem of infrastructure will be solved as demand has been created.

so get the bonus, use the added incentive to allow yourself to be an early adopter.


By mars2k on 3/10/2014 8:03:06 AM , Rating: 2
Well I agree the cost differential will drive sales into the EV camp but you have it wrong on who’s getting subsidies. Governments disincentive internal combustion engines with taxes. There is no subsidy for electrics, they just don’t get taxed. Think about where electricity comes from in Europe, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar. The mix is weighted heavily against hydrocarbon imports. The real driver is trade balance. Europeans don’t want to screw up their balance of trade and want to limit their dependence on the Middle East. (They don’t seem to mind having Russia supply them however).
Nobody minds if you have a car just let’s not hock our future to do it. The Americans don’t seem to mind turning over a 7th of their economy to other countries. They don’t mind selling the electrics either.


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