Tesla expands European Supercharger network image

The US electric car company will expand this week its recharging network, as it opens new Supercharger locations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

The new energized routes will enable Model S customers to enjoy free, convenient, 100 % electric trips on the German Autobahn and to destinations in the Alps and elsewhere. Tesla’s first six Superchargers were established in California in September 2012, with the first network of European Supercharger stations opening in Norway less than a year later. Now, 81 Supercharger locations are available 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.

The Supercharger locations in Germany (Wilnsdorf, Bad Rappenau, Aichstetten and Jettingen), Switzerland (Lully), Austria (St. Anton) and the Netherlands (Zevenaar and Oosterhout) represent a new milestone in the expansion of the European network.

In Germany, Superchargers connect Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. They also connect the German network to Amsterdam, Zurich, and Innsbruck. In the Netherlands, routes connect Amsterdam to Cologne and Brussels, and in Switzerland the stations connect Zurich and Geneva.

By the end of March 2014, 50 percent of the German population will live within 320km of a Supercharger, and 100 percent of the population will be covered by the end of the year.

The Tesla Supercharger is substantially more powerful than usual charging technology, 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-traveled highways to allow Model S owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops.