It's not as exciting as a new concept vehicle, but Tesla came to the Geneva Motor Show with its own bit of news: Europe will soon get more Superchargers, more Tesla stores and more service centers. More of the company's fast-charging stations means it'll be even easier for continental Model S drivers to get from the North Sea to the Mediterranean for free and without emissions.

Tesla said it expects sales in Europe and Asia to nearly double North American Model S sales by the end of 2014. Tesla is getting ready for those extra sales by opening more than 30 new service centers and stores there. The number of Superchargers in Europe will grow fast enough so that, "By the end of this year, we expect you will be able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using only Superchargers," according to CEO Elon Musk. The company has talked about European expansion before, but there are only 14 Superchargers installed in Europe today. The company's expansion map shows growth happening by next winter, but doesn't give a predicted number of stations it will have in the ground by then.
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Tesla Commits to Further Expansion in Europe

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

New Supercharger locations and service centers enhance customer experience

In order to serve a growing customer base in Europe, Tesla will open more than 30 new service centers and stores across the continent, the company announced today at the Geneva Motor Show. Tesla will also continue rapidly expanding its Supercharger network, allowing Model S drivers to travel long distances across Europe for free.

The retail, service, and Supercharger expansions come as Tesla dials up its commitment to Europe, which continues to be a priority market for the company.

In a recent trip to northern Europe to engage with customers, Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk highlighted the rapid increase in the rollout of the company's Supercharger network for Europe. "By the end of this year, we expect you will be able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using only Superchargers," Musk said.

In 2013, Tesla delivered 22,477 vehicles to customers worldwide. By the end of 2014, Tesla expects combined sales in Europe and Asia to be almost twice as high as sales in North America. Part of that projected growth will come from the UK, where right hand drive versions of the Model S will soon be introduced. Highly competitive leasing and financing options, similar to a program the company recently launched in Germany with rental company Sixt, are also expected to drive growth on the continent.

The European launch of Model S has been successful not only in terms of sales, but also for the accolades awarded to the car. In 2013, Model S was named Car of the Year in Sweden and Norway, Most Stylish Car in Switzerland, and it won the Car of the Year Prize of Honor in Denmark.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding future store, service center and Supercharger locations and capabilities as well as statements regarding sales expectations in Europe and Asia, are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those projected. Various important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including potential difficulties in finding suitable store, service center and Supercharger sites, negotiating leases or obtaining required permits for such locations and customer acceptance of our brand and vehicles in Europe and Asia, as well as the risks and uncertainties identified under the sections captioned "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results Of Operations" in Tesla's Form 10-K filed on February 26, 2014. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements.

Press Contact: EUPress@teslamotors.com

Twitter: @Tesla_Europe


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      jim5437532
      • 9 Days Ago
      Do you have to be a qualified pyrotechnician to work at Tesla? lol Tesla should make safety a top priority instead of expansion. Tesla Motors has safety hazards. Nearly all Teslas have been recalled, for defective charge connectors that are a fire hazard. Tesla Motors (Elon Musk) promised that replacement adapters with thermal fuses would be mailed out within two weeks, nearly 2 months later customers have not received replacement adapters under the recall. The defective Tesla charge adapters have been overheating, melting & burning for about a year may be more. Yet Tesla Motors has not resolved the problem that is a fire hazard. There was a Tesla related fire in orange county California that the fire department determined that the Tesla charger connection was a possible source of the fire. Tesla Motors issued an over the air software update & touted it a "fix". The "fix" did not stop the Tesla charge connectors from overheating, melting and burning. Allegedly the software has a glitch that under some circumstances current is dangerously increased beyond user settings when a fault is detected. Allegedly the so-called "fix" has a dangerous glitch that is a fire hazard. Nearly 30,000 Teslas are under recall for defective charge adapters that can overheat, melt & burn. Several people have been injured by overheating, melting & burning charge connections. Allegedly almost 900 Tesla Motors charge adapters have been returned or reported faulty. I think it was foolish for Tesla Motors to locate traction batteries so close to the ground and so lightly armored. Lithium batteries are more likely to burn and/or explode when punctured, then gasoline tanks. Customers of Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts, Toyotas & Rav4EV allegedly haven't had any fires from road debris or vehicle accidents; yet Tesla Motors has recently had three. Statistically Tesla infinitely more likely to catch on fire or explode after an accident or only running over road debris? The latest significant Tesla fire in the news was in a Toronto garage fire. Allegedly the fire department said the source of the fire was the Tesla. It seemingly was not charging at the time. The charger & the traction battery supposedly are not a source. Reportedly Tesla sent seven people to investigate the fire. So far the fire department and Tesla hasn't. Some Tesla owners are reporting that friction brakes are sometimes ineffective in wet conditions. Reportedly sometimes friction brakes are not effective for several seconds. Reportedly there's been at least one accident attributed to ineffective Tesla Motors brakes. Despite the Tesla's cars proving to be unsafe in the real world, Tesla fan boys/shills tout ratings claiming that Tesla cars safe. Tesla fan boys/shills are haters that are often vindictive against those that speak critical truths & incriminating facts of Tesla. Tesla fan boys/shills often slander, threaten, harass & censor those that speak critical truths & incriminating facts of Tesla.
        bluepongo1
        • 9 Days Ago
        @jim5437532
        You took getting outed as a cut and paste F.U.D. spreader personally.... so everyone else is the problem, not you.... of course. No links, replies, or ability to learn anything other than you probably bet more than you could afford to lose against an American company. Here's some links for you spambot: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-internet-is-a-giant-lie-factory <&> http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/only-38-percent-of-internet-traffic-is-from-real-humans-now
        purrpullberra
        • 9 Days Ago
        @jim5437532
        One question, how does a piece of sh1+ type in comments? Do you use dragon, like a good POS does?
        paulwesterberg
        • 9 Days Ago
        @jim5437532
        http://www.thewrap.com/study-finds-online-trolls-bad-people-offline/
        Grendal
        • 9 Days Ago
        @jim5437532
        Jim, you really should go seek immediate medical attention for your mental health issues. Or, please give a valid reason for your astroturfing against Tesla. A valid reason. We all know the fire thing is a non-issue.
        m_2012
        • 9 Days Ago
        @jim5437532
        So, how much did you short the stock?
          Grendal
          • 9 Days Ago
          @m_2012
          I'm not sure that money is what is motivating this guy. Something is definitely motivating him but I don't know if money is the reason.
      Joeviocoe
      • 9 Days Ago
      The Daily Duh! Elon mentioned this months ago while in Belgium.
      GoodCheer
      • 9 Days Ago
      If I had to guess from looking at the current deployment map (and I do, because I don't have any inside knowledge), I would say that they're finding some regulatory barrier to installing Superchargers in France, Belgum, Italy, UK. I would also guess that once those barriers are overcome, which is just a matter of time, just a few more charger locations will be able to cover a huge amount of western Europe. About 9 in France/Belgium, about 9 in Spain/Portugal (like two tick-tack-toe boards, and maybe 4-5 each in the UK and Italy and that'll pretty much be that. That could all be done in six months.
      Keith
      • 9 Days Ago
      Good thing the Trunk and hood compartments are empty on the Tesla, two passengers can sleep in them while the car recharges.
      danfred311
      • 9 Days Ago
      You don't say
      goodoldgorr
      • 9 Days Ago
      This website recommend to sell tesla stocks as they are risky http://www.streetauthority.com/growth-investing/it-finally-time-sell-tesla-30446577
        m_2012
        • 9 Days Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        They are a known Tesla short. Of course they are going to support their own position. They shorts are losing their shorts right now.
        bluepongo1
        • 9 Days Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Good luck thinking F.U.D. matters hydrogen fan boys, the BEV genie is out of the bottle : people don't want Rube Goldberg engineered cars anymore.See my links for jim below, @goodoldgorr. BTW @ Joe LOL!!!
          bluepongo1
          • 9 Days Ago
          @bluepongo1
          Hey, I don't see Joe's comment anymore! (paraphrased) It said: You should probably do what some random website tells you to do.
        Grendal
        • 9 Days Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        You can find, at any given moment, a vast number of sites/people that will tell you to buy or sell almost any stock. It's your money, if you intend to invest, to either buy or sell based on whatever reason you might have..
      Ryan
      • 9 Days Ago
      Do they have a map of where they plan them? Or am I supposed to click on some link to hunt it down? Superchargers are just as important (1 hour charging to go 150 miles) as battery size.
        Chris
        • 9 Days Ago
        @Ryan
        Actually, the 120kW Tesla Supercharger stations currently deliver 170 miles worth of charge in only 30 minutes. Later this year, the Superchargers will be upgraded to 135kW, making the charging times even faster. Also, Elon Musk said a few months back, that Tesla should soon be upgrading the map of Europe to match the style used on the N. America map - showing the progressions over time.
      Chris
      • 9 Days Ago
      I'll second that!! Everything that Jim says is either a personal opinion, exaggerated half-truth, or a completely made-up lie in some psychotic attempt to destroy Tesla's reputation. He literally posts this same garbage on every story he can find about Tesla. All of his sh*t can easily be proven wrong on Google.
      purrpullberra
      • 9 Days Ago
      ABG, where you go to discuss news long after it actually made the news. Or not. Sigh.
      m_2012
      • 9 Days Ago
      Another slow news days. This was news months ago. Tesla already laid out the European SC map and timing.
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