Tesla will officially open new 'supercharger' locations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria in the week beginning 20 January. These newly-energised routes will enable Model S customers to enjoy free, convenient, 100% electric trips on the German Autobahn and to destinations in the Alps and elsewhere.

Tesla's first six Superchargers were energised in California in September 2012, with the first network of European Supercharger stations opening in Norway less than a year later. As of today, 81 Supercharger locations are energised worldwide, with 14 locations in Europe. More than 11m kilometres have been charged by Tesla Superchargers and nearly 1.13m litres of gas have been offset.

The accelerated energising of Superchargers in Germany (Wilnsdorf, Bad Rappenau, Aichstetten and Jettingen), Switzerland (Lully), Austria (St. Anton) and the Netherlands (Zevenaar and Oosterhout) represents a new milestone in the expansion of the European network. In Germany, Superchargers connect Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. They also connect the German network to Amsterdam, Zurich, and Innsbruck. In the Netherlands, energised routes connect Amsterdam to Cologne and Brussels, and in Switzerland the stations connect Zurich and Geneva.

By the end of March, 50% of the German population will live within 320km of a Supercharger, and 100% of the population will be covered by the end of 2014.

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. Superchargers replenish half a charge in about 20 minutes. Supercharger stations are strategically placed along well-travelled highways to allow Model S owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. They are located near amenities like roadside restaurants, cafes, and shopping centres so drivers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they are done.