Tesla is targeting a substantial rollout of electric car infrastructure in the UK by the end of next year, in an effort to drive the technology into mass market.
Usually, a lack of charging infrastructure is viewed as a key roadblock for the mass uptake of electric cars, most of which have a fully charged driving range of less than 150 miles. But now, Tesla – with a rapid rise from entrepreneurial venture to an established household name – expects to have built a complete network of its superchargers across the UK by the end of next year.
“We’re going to establish a supercharger network throughout the UK. So you’ll be able to travel anywhere in the UK, anywhere at all, using our supercharger network,” said chief executive Elon Musk. “I am hopeful, and we will certainly aspire to this, to have the whole of the UK done by the end of next year. So it’s quite rapid,” said Mr Musk, adding that the first charger will be built in the first quarter of 2014.
Mr. Musk did not elaborate on the cost of the project, or how many chargers he would build. The entry-level version of Tesla’s Model S sedan, which has an on-the-road price in the US of about $62,500, will go on sale in the UK in March and cost “around £55,000”, Musk said.
Tesla’s efforts come as the company works to build enough chargers in the US to allow coast-to-coast journeys by the end of this year, and cover 98 per cent of the US and Canadian population in 2015.
Via Financial Times
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