European cross-continent drive in Tesla Model S soon to be reality

Tesla isn’t looking to slow down, highlighting its commitment to Europe while at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

The company announced huge plans to expand its Supercharger network across Europe, and that it will open more than 30 service centres and stores across the continent.

“By the end of this year, we expect you will be able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using only Superchargers,” Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla, said. We assume he’s talking about Western Europe and not the whole continent – still, no small feat.  Continue reading European cross-continent drive in Tesla Model S soon to be reality

Tesla will expand Supercharger network across Europe

It’s not as exciting as a new concept vehicle, but Tesla came to the Geneva Motor Show with its own bit of news: Europe will soon get more Superchargers, more Tesla stores and more service centers. More of the company’s fast-charging stations means it’ll be even easier for continental Model S drivers to get from the North Sea to the Mediterranean for free and without emissions.

Tesla said it expects sales in Europe and Asia to nearly double North American Model S sales by the end of 2014. Tesla is getting ready for those extra sales by opening more than 30 new service centers and stores there. The number of Superchargers in Europe will grow fast enough so that, “By the end of this year, we expect you will be able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using only Superchargers,” according to CEO Elon Musk. The company has talked about European expansion before, but there are only 14 Superchargers installed in Europe today. The company’s expansion map shows growth happening by next winter, but doesn’t give a predicted number of stations it will have in the ground by then.

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List of modern PEV automobiles, pickups, vans and SUVs commercially produced from 1970

List of modern PEV automobiles, pickups, vans and SUVs
commercially produced from 1970
Model Type
Original MRSP(2)
/Lease per month
(current $)
(EV mode
for PHEVs)
Models out of production
Enfield 8000
~35 mi (56 km)
British city car produced from 1973 to 1977 on the Isle of Wight. 120 units produced.[4]
Zagato Zele
US$2995 (1000 Series)
US$3395 (2000 Series)
50 mi (80 km)
Italian microcar produced from 1974 to 1976. Sold in Europe as well as the United States as the Zagato Elcar. Approximately 500 units produced.[5]
~50 mi (80 km)
American microcar produced from 1974 to 1977. An upgrade version was later produced as the Comuta-Car.[5]
Volkswagen Golf Mk2 citySTROMer
31 mi (50 km)
Sold in Europe from 1984 to 1985. Around 100 production units were produced.[6]
Volkswagen Jetta citySTROMer
118 mi (190 km) (Lead-acid batteries)
155 mi (249 km) (Sodium-sulfur batteries)
Sold in Europe in from 1984 to at least 1987.[7]
~62 mi (100 km)
Built on order in the Soviet Union (later Russia) from 1989 to 1998.[8]
Fiat Panda Elettra
16,850 (~US$25,000)
62 mi (100 km)
Sold in Europe in 1990.[9]
Fiat Cinquecento Elettra
140,000 francs(~US$159,000)
62 mi (100 km) (Lead-acid batteries)
93 mi (150 km)
(NiCd batteries)
Produced from 1992 to 1996, popular in ItalyFrance andSwitzerland.[10]
Škoda Favorit Eltra 151 & 151L
50 mi (80 km)[11]
Produced from 1992–1993; sold in Western Europe.[12]
Chrysler TEVan
50 mi (80 km)
Only 56 units produced between 1993 and 1995.
Sold primarily to electric utilities in the U.S.
Citroën AX Electrique
62 mi (100 km)
Around 300 units produced from 1995 to 1996.[13]
Volkswagen Golf Mk3 citySTROMer
56 mi (90 km)
Sold in Europe in from 1995 to 1998 with around 300 produced.[14]
Fiat Seicento Elettra
21,000 (~US$29,000)[15]
56 mi (90 km)
Produced from 1995 to 2005, sold throughout Western Europe.[16]
Citroën Saxo Electrique/Peugeot 106 Electrique
68 mi (109 km)
Produced from 1996 to 2003 with approximately 2,500 units made.[17]
General Motors EV1
Leasing only
US$349 to 499[18]
75 mi (121 km)
A total of 1,117 units leased in the U.S. from 1996 to 2003.[19]
Toyota RAV4 EV
Leasing only
100 mi (160 km)
A total of 1,484 units in the U.S. leased from 1997 to 2003. As of mid 012, there were almost 500 units still in use.[20]
Nissan Altra
Leasing only
140 mi (230 km)
Produced from 1998 to 2001. A total of 81 units were leased in the U.S.[18]
Dodge Caravan EPIC
Leasing only
80 mi (130 km)
Produced from 1999 to 2001. Only 207 vans were produced for the U.S. market.[18]
Honda EV Plus
Leasing only
100 mi (160 km)
Around 276 units leased in the U.S. Production ended in 1999.[18][19]
Ford TH!NK City
Leasing only
~50 mi (80 km)[21]
Leased 440 units in the U.S. from 1999 until 2003.[19]
Nissan Hypermini
4,000,000 yen
71 mi (114 km)[22]
Sold and leased 219 units in Japan and the U.S. from 1999 to 2001.
Th!nk City
100 mi (160 km)
First launched in December 2008 but production was halted due to financial difficulties.[23] Production restarted in Finland in December 2009.[24] Sold in several European countries and the U.S.[25][26] In June 2011 Think Global filed for bankruptcy and production was halted.[27] The new owner has scheduled to restart production in early 012 with a refined Think City.[28]
Worldwide sales reached 1,045 units by March 2011.[29]During 2011 a total of 133 units were sold in Norway and 110 units in France.[30][31]
Mini E
Leasing only
reduced to
US$600 for 2nd year[32]
100 mi (160 km)
Field testing with 500 units began in the U.S. in June 2009 and ended on December 2011.[33][34] Testing in the U.K. began in December 2009 and ended in March 2011.[35] and Munich in September 2010.[36]
Tesla Roadster
245 mi (394 km)[37]
Production began in March 2008 and ended in January 012.[38][39] More than 2,418 units have been sold worldwide through September 012.
No longer available for sale in the U.S., and there are around 80 units available for sale in Europe and Asia before the remaining production is sold out.[40][41]
A total of 575 units sold in Europe through October 012.[42]