Tesla has opened its first Supercharger station in Switzerland at a location that it believes will benefit drivers travelling between Zurich and Geneva.

Tesla says its superchargers can be used 24/7 and that just 20-30 minutes of charging will produce an almost full charge.

Supercharger stations are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops, the company says. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centres so road trippers can "stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they're done".

Tesla's first network of European Supercharging stations opened in Norway at the end of August. Tesla says that more European routes will be "energized" in the coming months. It says that by the end of 2014, 100 percent of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark will live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, with about 90 percent of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station. The company says that puts many people well within reach of a supercharger station, given a claimed 500km range on a full charge.

A similar network of supercharger stations is being developed by Tesla in North America.

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First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland Energizes Route Between Zurich and Geneva

ZURICHDecember 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Station in Lully is just the beginning of convenient long distance travel in Switzerland - for free

Tesla opened its very first Supercharger station in Switzerland today, energizing the routes between Zurichand Geneva. Following the European launch of Supercharging in Norway in August and the Netherlandsbeginning of December of this year, the station now open in Lully further enables Model S owners to travel to their favorite business or holiday destinations, for free.  With more Supercharger stations opening soon in Germany and Austria, Model S owners will be able to drive through Germany to Switzerland and Austriathis winter.

Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways inEurope. Supercharger stations are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers so road trippers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they're done.

The new Supercharger in Lully is located along the A1: Restoroute Rose de la Broye, Restoroute 1470 Lully FR, Switzerland

The Superchargers can be used 24/7 and no charge pass of any kind is necessary. Drivers can charge for as little as 20 to 30 minutes while they grab a quick bite to eat before getting back on the road with almost a full charge. The Tesla Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of DC (Direct Current) power directly to the Model S battery using special cables that bypass the onboard charging equipment.  

Tesla's first network of European Supercharging stations opened in Norway at the end of August. More European routes will be energized in the coming months, providing coverage well within the Model S rated range of 480 km per charge. By the end of 2014, 100 percent of the population of the Netherlands,BelgiumLuxembourgGermanySwitzerlandAustria and Denmark will live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, with about 90 percent of the population in EnglandWales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station.

About Tesla

Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transport with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and Mercedes.

About Model S

Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, meticulously designed and engineered to elevate the public's expectations of what a car can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low centre of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a premium sedan.

Setting the bar for electric driving range, Model S offers 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery options, delivering unprecedented range of up to 500 km (on the NEDC drive cycle) with the 85 kWh variant. Both batteries are contained within the same enclosure, integrating with the vehicle in the same way, providing structural, aerodynamic, and handling advantages. The batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged for optimum energy density, thermal management, and safety.

Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a second trunk under the hood. The interior features a 17" in-dash touchscreen with Internet capabilities.

Right hand drive deliveries of Model S are due to begin in spring 2014. Tesla is taking reservations for the Model S online and in-store.

Twitter: @Tesla_Europe

Original source: Tesla

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