Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been planning to expand its Supercharger network throughout North America quite rapidly, and now it’s taking those plans across the pond to Europe. The EV automaker unveiled its European Supercharger network in Norway this morning.
Tesla’s Supercharger network goes to Norway
Owners of Tesla’s Model S sedan who live in Norway can now drive for free across much of the country. The automaker set its Supercharger stations in six major cities along the most-well-traveled roads in Norway. Norwegian cities now covered by the network include Aurland, Cinderella, Dombas, Gol, Lillehammer and Lyngdal.
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The network now makes it possible for EV drivers to travel the E6 highway between Trondheim and Oslo as well as the E18 highway between Oslo and Kristiansand. Other major highways now covered by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s network include the E39 between Kristiansand and Stavanger and 7 between Oslo and Gol.
The EV automaker reported this morning that about 90 percent of the population in Norway now lives within 320 of one of its Supercharger stations. Also about 60 percent of Norway’s land mass is within the same distance of one of its stations.
Tesla’s Supercharger advantage
The Supercharger network created by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is able to charge the Model S sedan 20 times faster than most regular charging stations. They offer drivers about half a charge in just 20 minutes by sending up to 120 kW DC power right into the battery of the vehicle. The Supercharger stations are located in areas where drivers want to stop, within easy access of diners, cafes and shopping areas.
Three Model S drivers traveled the new Supercharger routes today, chronicling their drives and charging at two of the stations along the way. The drivers were met by local officials and customers at each of the stations.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced earlier this year that it would triple the amount of Supercharger stations in the U.S. by the end of June. In a year, the company plans to extend the network across the whole continent.