Tesla Motors Powers Up Quickly In Europe

Tesla Motors looks to be expanding its footprint in Europe much like larger rival Ford. The electric car company, via a pair of recent announcements, is building up its related infrastructure to support Model S owners as the orders hopefully start to pile up like they have in the United States.

In one announcement, Tesla said it opened a new assembly plant in the Netherlands city of Tilburg. This facility, which will serve as the final assembly and distribution point for Model S vehicles sold in Europe as well as Tesla’s European service and parts headquarters, has a size of 18.900 square meters. From here, parts can be distributed to anywhere across the continent within 12 hours because of its location in “proximity to the port of Rotterdam and the high quality and availability of transportation infrastructure. An excellent rail and motorway network connects Tilburg to all major markets.”

image via Tesla Motors

image via Tesla Motors

An interesting thing to note is we talked about Tesla’s plans for Tilburg back in December, writing at the time the company planned to open the facility in that month. It isn’t immediately clear of the time lag, but it likely doesn’t matter that much for Tesla fans since some of the very first Dutch, Belgian, French and German Model S customers just received their cars at the brand new facility.

Meanwhile, over in Norway, Model S drivers who are just now getting their cars have a new Supercharger network to recharge their EV’s batteries at. Much like the one we just covered here in Oregon, the Norwegian locations in Lyngdal, Aurland, Dombås, Gol, Cinderella and Lillehammer are designed to “provide half a charge in about 20 minutes, delivering up to 120 kW DC (Direct Current) power directly to the Model S battery using special cables that bypass the onboard charging equipment.” And, best of all, it is free.

Tesla believes this new network places its chargers within 320 km of 90 percent of Norway’s population, as well as within about the same distance with 60 percent of the country’s total land mass. As an example of what might be capable with this national deployment, three Model S vehicles were driven 500 km recently to Oslo from locations in the north, west and south of Norway along the major routes of Trondheim-Dombås-Lillehammer-Oslo; Bergen-Aurland-Gol-Oslo; and Stavanger-Lyngdal- Cinderella-Oslo. During the trips each car charged at two of the new Supercharger locations.

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  • UKGary

    I take it the Norwegian super-charger network is not relying on solar. In the Northern half of the country I predict problems in the winter quarter!

    • Marcel Den Ouden

      Hydro… Norway has plenty of it!

    • Brian Mendicino

      Not for nothing, but I’m sure Elon Musk can figure out a way to keep snow off solar panels.

      • UKGary

        Sure, not that it will do much good in Northern Norway in December – where the sun is not seen at all!

    • zampaz

      I predict no major issues and statistically insignificant glitches inherent in newly deployed systems. I base this prediction on repeatable modern manufacturing methodologies and Tesla experience in field deployments of Supercharger technology in N. America. However it will be interesting to see how Tesla vehicle equipment and Panasonic batteries perform in Northern climate regimes. I’d be willing to bet that Tesla has already conducted extensive testing prior to product deployment because Tesla has an understanding of statistical quality control, design and manufacturing.

  • http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com/ John Bailo

    The Tucksla is getting hammered by the emerging fuel cell networks and hydrogen infrastructure.

    • Brian Mendicino

      Is that a European thing? Here in the states, that isn’t really taking off anywhere. California experimented with hydrogen stations a few years ago, and it didn’t work as well as they thought it would.

    • JustMeEricInNYC

      The problem is the hydrogen is mostly derived from using oil/coal to separate the atoms. Not efficient and not clean.

  • Narollah

    Why doesn’t Tesla offer personal generators to recharge these batteries? They could be converted diesel generators with kits that will allow to run on cooking oil. There are kits on the market that work well to convert diesel engines for cars or trucks, already. For more research use a Google or Bing search engine: “grease car”. Consortiums could be set up all over the world to collect and filter cooking oil for reuse/resale from fast food/restaurants all over the world.

    • UKGary

      This would defeat the purpose. If you want a car which runs off a gas engine, buy any car other than a Tesla. True, in many areas electricity for charging your Tesla comes from fossil fuels, but at least at utility scale, the generators are generally optimised for efficiency. A little Diesel engine running off cooking oil (or more likely diesel) to charge the Tesla would probably not beet the emission profile of a car powered by an internal combustion engine.

      • Narollah

        I was not talking about other car makers or gasoline engines. I was talking about not adding to the demand for electricity which is supplied by VERY non environmentally friendly sources. It is also about having an option available to be a rather independent driver/traveler.

    • vacmancan

      Sweetheart put a Tesla in your garage and solar panels on your roof and you won’t care if the price of gas goes to $100.00 a gallon. The 1% and the fossil fuel industry hates Tesla as much as I hate fox news. Let me prove it to you. BATTA-BING!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw3rwNFj0kI

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        • vacmancan

          Sweetheart, the vacman loves you. On my next show I am gonna show you how to find out how much money Obama care will save by going online. Then we’re gonna celebrate Costco again. BATTA-BING!!

      • Narollah

        vacmancan, Have you been drinking heavily or can’t you be serious here? Can solar panels be installed on its roof and when it’s parked in the garage, recharge the battery; really?

        • vacmancan

          Sweetheart, I said put solar panels on the roof of your house, not on the roof of your Tesla. But that’s a good idea. I’m on my way to the patten office. Thanks!!!!

          • Narollah

            Sorry for my misunderstanding from your comment; lol.

  • zampaz

    In the states I’ve been following public interest in Tesla.
    It’s love/hate. People that own the products seem to love them for quality, workmanship and performance. Modern engineering and manufacturing methods assure consistency. Haters seem irrational and mired in some kind of idiotic ideology. I prefer science, scientific management and manufacturing methods.
    Elon Musk doesn’t need N. America, but the world needs Tesla (and SpaceX).

    Happy to see Tesla go global. Go Tesla, Go!

    • UKGary

      I would agree with you. Lithium batteries are not much affected by temperature unless they get above around 45 centigrade (higher in some cases). At low temperatures, I would expect a slight reduction in range – especially with the heater on and an increase in the already good life of the batteries.

    • vacmancan

      That’s the spirit!!! I try to devote a section of each show to Tesla and solar city. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw3rwNFj0kI