Tesla Motors continues to expand its Supercharger network of electric vehicle chargers around Europe with word recently its very first station is now open in Switzerland on a route between Zurich and Geneva. This is looking to become a fast build out across this part of the world for the upstart automaker, as its first European chargers came online only this past August.
The Swiss Supercharger now open in Lully, when used in conjunction with yet more soon to open stations in Germany and Austria, will eventually allow for Model S owners to drive one route through these nations this winter. Germany is of particular note here as Tesla looks to gain a foothold in the land of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Tesla is also opening Superchargers in the Netherlands this month, the company said. These locations will further entrench them in the small country, which already hosts a new assembly plant in the city of Tilburg that serves as the final assembly and distribution point for Model S vehicles sold in Europe as well as Tesla’s European service and parts headquarters.
As it stands going forward, according to Tesla,
more European routes will be energized in the coming months, providing coverage well within the Model S rated range of 480 km per charge. By the end of 2014, 100 percent of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark will live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, with about 90 percent of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station.
Superchargers, which are free for Tesla drivers to use, are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers. They can be used day or night, providing a charge in as little has half an hour via up to 120 kilowatts of DC (Direct Current) power directly to the Model S battery through special cables that bypass the onboard charging equipment.