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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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RE: Nice.
By Reclaimer77 on 3/7/2014 4:21:14 PM , Rating: 0
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No one said Tesla is financially healthy TODAY.


People ARE saying that...

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Reclaimer's argument is that Tesla exists due to government funding.


Tesla is the company it is today because of the Government loan. The massive tax subsidies, and of course the California carbon credit scam designed to prop them up at the cost of other automakers.

Now I'm not saying Tesla wouldn't be around today without those things, but it's hard argue they've been essentially crutched by the American taxpayer every step of the way.

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They're conservative groups, and Heartland in particular is critical of government spending, so I wouldn't expect objective analysis from either.


Cop out. The Liberal ideology dominates nearly all news and information sources. You think "Move On" is doing honest in-depth dirt digging on Tesla? LAWL! How about Snopes? Yeah right!

Is there something wrong with being critical of Government spending? It's our DUTY as citizens to be critical of it, a duty we've completely failed to exercise. Hence the mess we're in today.

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It DID pay back the loan, because it COULD, and this was accounted for in its loan terms.


They borrowed from Peter to pay Paul, as the saying goes. Musk's bookkeeping is borderline criminal. His non-GAAP numbers nonsense. Tesla is a bubble waiting to burst.

And I'll be here, rubbing it in all your faces.


RE: Nice.
By weaponzero on 3/7/2014 4:58:58 PM , Rating: 2
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People ARE saying that...


Because Tesla is financially healthy.

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Tesla is the company it is today because of the Government loan. The massive tax subsidies, and of course the California carbon credit scam designed to prop them up at the cost of other automakers.

Now I'm not saying Tesla wouldn't be around today without those things, but it's hard argue they've been essentially crutched by the American taxpayer every step of the way.


The loan helped but was not crucial, considering how fast they repaid the loan they could have taken the loan from anywhere. Obviously since the government offered the cheapest loan they took the most financially sound option.

The tax subsidies are completely irrelevant. Do you honestly think 6-10% in tax credits would effect a company who can't keep up with demand?

And what California carbon credits? If you are talking about ZEV credits. They do not govern carbon dioxide or any global warming. They govern local pollution like NOx(smog and acid rain), O3(lung damage) and etc. You could make an EV that gives off nothing but CO2 and still make ZEV credits. That said, as of Q4, Tesla made 0$ in ZEV credits.

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They borrowed from Peter to pay Paul, as the saying goes. Musk's bookkeeping is borderline criminal. His non-GAAP numbers nonsense. Tesla is a bubble waiting to burst.


There is nothing criminal about it. And there is nothing non-sensual about non-GAAP numbers. At issue is that Tesla introduced a new way of buying cars which is a financing with buyback component. GAAP has no way of accounting for it, so they are forced to file it under lease accounting which makes Tesla break up the earnings by month. So despite having 100% of the money on hand, Tesla has to file it in pieces. Kind of like some DMVs make you fill out a form stating how many gallons of gas your electric car has.(And 0 is not an option). In due time, GAAP will have to update their rules to account for this from of financing cars.


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