It'd be a nice life to be able to tour across Europe in a Tesla Model S. And that's something the California-based electric-vehicle maker is looking to enable by the end of the year. We're ready. Who's got the key fob?

Tesla opened three Supercharger stations in Germany on Thursday and is aiming to string enough together to let drivers roam across the continent purely by Supercharger power by the end of 2014, Bloomberg News says. The company now has 23 Superchargers in Europe, including nine in Germany and six in Norway. Those high-powered stations can half-charge a Model S in about 20 minutes. Tesla has 97 Superchargers in North America.

Tesla's most recent Supercharger deployments across the Pond merely reinforces Tesla chief Elon Musk's pledges earlier this year to ensure that all European Tesla owners would be within reach of a Supercharger by year-end, Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean wrote in an e-mail to AutoblogGreen. Musk said in March that Tesla drivers would be "able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using only Superchargers" by the end of 2014.

Earlier this month, Tesla started deliveries of right-hand-drive Model S sedans in the UK. Additionally, Musk estimated that the company would open a factory in Europe once annual sales on the continent reached 160,000 units. By all accounts, that's likely to be a long way off. Earlier this year, Tesla dropped the price of the Model S in Europe, though the company said that move was due to the strengthening Euro and not because of any demand issues.


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      purrpullberra
      • 6 Months Ago
      Leave the dingbat penny-stock shyster to the side, this is more of Tesla doing what it said it would. And, more importantly, Tesla is doing what a lot of (idiots) anti-Tesla folks claimed is IMPOSSIBLE. Oh, really? They haven't gone out of business. They have installed an incredible amount of supercharging capabilities. They are selling ModelS around the world and still can't keep up with demand. I'd run out if 0's and 1's trying to explain all that is going exactly as Tesla wants. They have more than enough cash on hand to finance their near-term growth as well as keep everything on track with the larger picture. The partners are there. There is plenty of the necessary enthusiasm on part of all sides to ensure that the Gigafactory is going to work out very well for all involved. I bet the Superchargers are going to enthrall the German public once an almighty domestic company ok's the tech officially. Also, Penny stocks are for IMBICILES !!!
      goodoldgorr
      • 6 Months Ago
      This company is overvalue on the stock market, it is a strong sell in my opinion as they make quarterly losses that are widening. Any slowdown on sales could be catastrophic. Caza oil and gas is a better buy on the stock exchange as i paid 29.5 cents and it is now 37 cents. I sold capstone turbine at 1.40$ and I paid 2.10 $. Where hydrogen cars are available tesla sales will shrink.
        Joeviocoe
        • 6 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Weren't you looking to buy TSLA a month ago?
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        LOL. Take your investment advice from Gorr. He's got his plan of buying a new car in 2022.
          Marco Polo
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          @ Joeviocoe, Spec, Lol !
          Jesse Gurr
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          If I remember correctly I think he said he was going to buy a 1.0L Fiesta 2014 in 2022 or something like that. I don't think he ever said he was going to buy a "new" car, just new to him.
          Joeviocoe
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Spec
          I think its been pushed back
        Jesse Gurr
        • 6 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Sucks that you lost money of capstone turbine. That's the stock market for ya! It also depends on how much you get charged per trade. You have to buy a few hundred shares at that price otherwise you may never get your money back and at least break even. Lets take an example. You are charged, say, $8 per trade. You wan't to buy xyz stock at $0.30, you buy 20 shares. You just spent $6 on shares plus another $8 fee, for a total of $14 divided by 20 shares = $0.70/share. If you bought 1 share that equals $8.30/share. Well, here is hoping you can at least break even. Good luck, you're gonna need it.
        purrpullberra
        • 6 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        hyping penny stocks on ABG !?!?! Oil ones no less. WTF is wrong with you old man !?! You have raging insanity and yet are so boring (and wrong too), how do you manage to become a shyster too? You really want to try to rip off some fools who communicate here? Shilling penny stocks makes one the scum of the Earth. Did you try to become a dealership owner but didn't have the cash so you picked the next worst calling in the country? Penny stocks? My crazy Aunt Christine was a fun old kook, you... are so much less. You have terrible jealousy and a ton of old person ailments too. Yikes (shudder) I know how the GOP keeps getting votes... oh so sad.
          purrpullberra
          • 6 Months Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Marco: your opinion is so badly tarnished that I would do the opposite of your suggestions just to be safe. When I want to kill the stupidity that thrusts itself into my life I will, in any way, everywhere I feel like it. It is the best work a person could do, killing the stupidity that this world is drowning in. Stupid, old fools aren't harmless. You think that because you are so inconsequential, it's only natural for you to have a small sense of self-preservation. 'Defending' idiocy, really? But just because his opinion is laughably stupid, always, doesn't mean he gets to express them free from comment. Fine, I am capable of getting really ugly. I was not Fortune 500. So what? Your awful opinions are worse than my occasional spit-wad. At least I can defend and stand behind everything I've ever said or done as being right.
          Marco Polo
          • 6 Months Ago
          @purrpullberra
          @ purrpullberra Gorr maybe a bit, well,.. eccentric , but in all his years of posting, I've never seen him be rude, obnoxious or gratuitously offensive. In contrast, I've seldom witnessed a single post of yours where you are not yelling abuse at someone. You're a typical internet bully, but I'll bet you aren't so brave in person. Leave Gorr alone, he's harmless and relatively entertaining.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 6 Months Ago
          @purrpullberra
          I think he lives in Canada. I hope he doesn't vote here in the US.
        bluepongo1
        • 6 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        What is it like being part of the problem @ goodoldgorr : hydrogen fanboy ? http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-technologies-we-cant-seem-to-disrupt-are-the-ones-killing-the-planet
          bluepongo1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          http://www.calif.aaa.com/content/dam/ace/pdf/2014_AAAGreenCarGuide.pdf
          bluepongo1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          http://www.calif.aaa.com/content/dam/ace/pdf/2014_AAAGreenCarGuide.pdf
          bluepongo1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          hydrogen fanboys.... U MAD ? ...or just desperate ? Hope you didn't burn all your best F.U.D. on the Model S, the Model X is coming soon to show it's full-electric fury !!!
          bluepongo1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/entry.php/164-auto-industry-playing-dirty-with-hydrogen <&> http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/entry.php/145-a-comprehensive-review-of-leading-tesla-fud-touchpoints
      Spec
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well, FFS, put some in Nevada on I-80.
        Jon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Spec
        According to the tesla website there will be by the end of this year.
      Joeviocoe
      • 6 Months Ago
      Musk spoke about this months ago.. It seems easy to do, the population isn't as spread out as the US.
      cruising7388
      • 6 Months Ago
      At 8-10 dollars per gallon for fuel in Europe, EV technology seems to be a no brainer for European motorists.
        thecommentator2013
        • 6 Months Ago
        @cruising7388
        Exactly. Because Europeans are not that innovative, EV-drivers will remain a fringe group, there is no need to adapt higher taxes. Good.
        Jon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @cruising7388
        Curious, what are their grid electricity costs like for comparison?
          Jon
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Jon
          Ok I decided to stop being lazy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_pricing#Price_comparison So it seems they pay 2-3 times as much for gas and also 2-3 times as much for grid electricity. Still means they will save a lot more money driving electrically.
          GoodCheer
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Jon
          Good link. That means they will save 2-3 times as much per kilometer driven.
        Technoir
        • 6 Months Ago
        @cruising7388
        Europeans are a conservative bunch. The ones who can afford a Model S have grey hair, and would rather buy an E or S class, which is what they've been driving for decades.
      Marco Polo
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm very excited to finally have a delivery date for our Tesla in the UK. Although the model S will be primarily used as a London based curtsey car, I'm hoping some of our senior executives may be impressed enough to choose a Tesla instead of BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar etc. Expansion of the supercharging network is very good news, I hope this includes the UK.
        Grendal
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        The UK has a weird love/hate relationship with EVs. They seem to want to embrace them but there is a definite layer of negativity surrounding them as well. Perhaps because of Clarkson/Top Gear propaganda but it might be something else. Tesla can swing any of that negativity around with it's European styling and sheer pleasure to drive. If they get into the right people's hands then I'm sure they will be a hit just like they are here. The USA also had an initial fear of the car but it turned people around pretty quick. Congratulations. Keep us in the loop of how many are converted. The Superchargers should show up in the next six months in the UK. I'm not sure how much the suit from Ecoticity might slow that progress.
        Zapbrannigan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        That's great that you're getting one in the UK. They would sell really well over there as the UK has a luxury car addiction. If only someone could persuade that buffoon Jeremy Clarkson that the Tesla Model S is the real deal.... Also Tesla really need to put a supercharger at both sides of the Eurotunnel - in the terminal waiting areas. Perfect place to charge up waiting for the train before embarking on a continental trip. Then they need to put them every 150 miles on the French Autoroute network until you get to the south of France / Italy where most of the money lives.
      Smoking_dude
      • 6 Months Ago
      The article is aready outdated. there are now 10 superchargers in germany but no. 10 is not online yet. it is close to the dutch border. - also there are 3 more beeing under construction. I visited a sc today. 4 teslas were there sipping green electrons. this charger was operated by green energy, and today there were 30 gigawatt wind + solar combined on the german grid. this is getting too scary for the utilities so there will be a solar tax soon. every solar kwh stored in a battery will be FINED! so they are trying to kill it off finally...
        purrpullberra
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        I'm afraid you may be right. Considering the way the teleco's have outlawed competing networks being set-up by cities in the US, it's the same. 'They've' tried to claim Tesla is 'breaking' laws by not having franchises. I mean, even the authorities here have said "by following the law and using an antenna for each customer" Aereo is somehow 'breaking' the law. By following the law, they are breaking it. We need to tear down all authority. F the utilities. Go solar!
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