From Amsterdam To Geneva On Electricity

The electrification of the European vehicle fleet took another step forward early in 2014, as Supercharging stations were switched on in four Western European countries; providing free electricity for the users.

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Charging port on the Tesla Model S. Photo flickr. Jimmy Tyler.

In January 2014, eight of the world's quickest electric vehicle charging stations were switched on in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is part of a network of "Supercharging" stations installed by the Tesla Motor Company to link these countries. Six Supercharging stations already exist in Norway. Using electricity in a vehicle is a much more efficient way of using energy compared to fossil fuels, and even if the electricity grid mix composes of fossil fuels like Germany for example, the efficiency leads to less greenhouse gas emissions per person kilometer.

The network allows a driver to travel from Amsterdam to Geneva, since the stations are strategically located to allow charging along the way. The electricity is free but only the company's Model S vehicle and newer models, can use the stations.

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  Locations of the eight Supercharging stations. Photo: Screen capture from Tesla video clip            

The supercharger technology delivers 120kW of direct current (DC) electricity to the car's battery, providing about 275 kilometres of range with a half hour charge - in the 85kWh version of the Model S. The stations are located on the main highways, and they are placed next to restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers so the drivers can occupy themselves whilst the vehicle is charging.

As of today, there are 81 Supercharger locations globally, with 14 of these stations located in Europe. Some Supercharging stations have solar panels on the roof to offset the electricity used by the vehicles.

According to Tesla, by the end of March 2014, "50 percent of the German population will live within 320km of a Supercharger," with the remainder being covered by the start of 2015.

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Last updated Friday, January 31, 2014