By the end of 2014 100% of Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland & Denmark will live within 320km of a Tesla Supercharger station

14 January 2014

LONDON: Tesla Motors continues to expand its Supercharger network of electric vehicle chargers around Europe, with its very first station now open in Switzerland on a route between Zurich and Geneva.

The network is looking to become a fast build-out across the region for the upstart automaker, as its first European chargers came online only this past August.

The Swiss Supercharger which is now open in Lully, when used in conjunction with yet more soon to open stations in Germany and Austria, will eventually allow for Model S owners to drive one route through these nations this winter. Germany is of particular note as Tesla looks to gain a foothold in the land of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Tesla is also opening Superchargers in the Netherlands this year, the company said. These locations will further entrench them in the country, which already hosts a new assembly plant in the city of Tilburg that serves as the final assembly and distribution point for Model S vehicles sold in Europe as well as Tesla’s European service and parts headquarters.

As it stands going forward, according to Tesla, "...more European routes will be energized in the coming months, providing coverage well within the Model S rated range of 480 kilometers per charge. By the end of 2014, 100% of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark will live within 320 kilometers of a Supercharger station, with about 90% of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station."

Superchargers, which are free for Tesla drivers to use, are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers. They can be used day or night, providing a charge in as little has half an hour via up to 120 kilowatts of Direct Current power directly to the Model S battery through special cables that bypass the onboard charging equipment.

Article originally published on EarthTechling by Nino Marchetti

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