Tesla is mulling a rapid and increased rollout of its electric car infrastructure in the UK by the end of next year, in an effort to establish the technology into mass market usage.
Usually, a lack of recharging points is among the key issues against the massive adoption of electric cars, because the vast majority of them have a fully charged driving range of 100 to 150 miles. But now, Tesla – with a swift rise from entrepreneurial venture to an established automaker – expects to have in place a complete network of its so-called superchargers across the UK by the end of 2014.
“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.
Musk did not further say what was the cost of the project, or how many chargers would be built. 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 next March and cost “around £55,000”, the CEO said.
Via Financial Times