Published on January 26th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan8
Tesla Superchargers Now Serve Several European Countries
I was in Abu Dhabi hanging out with a Dutch guy and a German guy as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week when Tesla, incidentally, announced that it was opening new Supercharger stations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Unfortunately, we were too busy with other things to catch that news, so I’m just getting to covering this. Even more unfortunately, European Superchargers are yet to be placed within range of my home in Southwest Poland…. but hopefully it won’t be too long until they are here. Here’s Tesla’s most up-to-date European Supercharger map:
And here’s the projected network next winter:
If you haven’t been obsessively following the development of Tesla’s Supercharger network — or even if you have been following it but want a quick snapshot summary — here’s a bit of history from Tesla: “Tesla’s first six Superchargers were energized in California in September 2012, with the first network of European Supercharger stations opening in Norway less than a year later. As of today, 81 Supercharger locations are energized worldwide, with 14 locations in Europe. More than 11 million kilometers have been charged by Tesla Superchargers and nearly 1.13 million liters of gas have been offset.”
In Europe, Norway and Germany are clearly hubs from which Tesla is starting its networks. By the end of March, Tesla aims to have 50% of the German population within range of a Supercharger station. By the end of 2014, it aims to have 100% of the population within range.
If you’re completely new to Tesla Superchargers, here’s a quick summary of what they are and where they are located: “The Tesla Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of DC (Direct Current) power directly to the Model S battery using special cables that bypass the onboard charging equipment. Superchargers replenish half a charge in about 20 minutes. Supercharger stations are strategically placed along well-travelled highways to allow Model S owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. They are located near amenities like roadside restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers so drivers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they’re done.”
Lastly, here’s a short video about a European road trip Tesla recently took while opening the continent’s newest Superchargers: