Tesla expects sales surge in Europe as first six Supercharger stations open

Article by Anita Panait, on September 3, 2013

Tesla expects to boost its sales in Europe this summer as it seeks to become a truly global carmaker with plans to build a network of high-speed Supercharger stations. Tesla thinks that this network will make it stand out among other automakers, including those who produce electric vehicles. Tesla is presently doing business mainly in New England and California but it seeks to establish a nationwide network within the next few years.

Tesla recently opened six stations in Norway – a good start for its European Supercharger network. Some may question why thinly populated Norway was selected to begin this expansion as it’s not a European Union member.

But then, you’d be surprised that Norway is the country with the largest proportion of electric vehicles on a per-capita basis. That’s because Norway has laws that are favorable to electric vehicles.

In fact, Tesla positioned the Superchargers on several of its most-traveled routes. Tesla said that the Superchargers’ location places them near (less than 200 miles) 90% from Norway’s population.

Tesla launched the new stations by sending of three Model S units from different locations, all set to meet up in the capital of Oslo. To get more details about the kick-off event, go to Tesla’s Facebook page. You can also follow its new European Twitter account @Tesla_Europe with the hashtag #EuroSupercharger.

The Model S by Tesla is considered as the world’s first fully electric sedan. With an excellent balance of efficiency, safety, and performance, it is indeed an excellent advancement in the field of automotive engineering. Not only does it offer what may be the longest range for an electric vehicle, it has achieved the highest of safety ratings.

As such, it has changed what people have come to expect from a 21st century car. Making it better than the rest is the availability of over-the-air software updates. Utilizing its very own architecture, Tesla positioned the battery of the Model S on the floor. This meant that this model had a rather low center of gravity resulting in the risk of rollover being lowered.

It also improves not only the performance but even the handling. Further since there is no engine, the crumple zone, when compared to other performance sedans, is larger.

This is the area that absorbs the energy that is generated during a front end impact. As already mentioned, the Model S has one of the best safety ratings, making it one of the safest on the road. It has been awarded a 5-star safety rating by both the NHTSA and the Euro NCAP. The main reason is clearly because of the electric drivetrain placed under the vehicle, giving it a low center of gravity and reducing the rollover risk.

In fact, when the Model S underwent testing in the U.S., it set the record for having the lowest likelihood of occupants experiencing injury. There is also a number of active safety features included as standard in the Model S.

A good example is automatic emergency braking. Then there is the blind sport detection, collision warning, and the lane departure warning. Convenience features are made available as an option like traffic-aware cruise control. Additional features, among others, include summon, autopark, and autosteer. With all of these, there is no wonder the Model is indeed the safest car on the road.

Topics: tesla, europe, sales

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