Tesla opens 17th Supercharger in the UK
Maidstone in Kent is the latest location to be graced with the presence of a Tesla Supercharger station. Eclipse Park is managed by the Gallagher Group and is located just off the M20 at Junction 7, the site is conveniently based for those who need access to London and Folkestone or who need to reach the Eurotunnel and Europe beyond. The Superchargers themselves are able to be accessed from the car park and offers free parking to Model S owners whilst they are charging.
George Ell, Tesla’s UK Country Director, told EcoCars4Sale: “The Maidstone Superchargers are an exciting addition to the network, enabling travel through Europe from the UK and for our European owners to be able to drive easily into the UK. Currently, the European network extends down to the south of France and Italy, and up to Norway and Sweden.”
Cllr Malcolm Greer, Cabinet Member at Maidstone Borough Council, told us: “I am delighted that Maidstone will form part of Tesla’s European supercharging infrastructure. It is a massive leap forward in electric car technology. The idea of being able to travel across the UK and the continent without generating pollution or having to pay for fuel is not only good for the environment but also good for the wallet. I was very pleased to hear that our planners were able to turn this application around in six weeks to meet Tesla’s timetable.”
In the last few weeks, the Supercharger network has been strengthened with new locations in Exeter, Warrington, Heathrow, Bristol and the UK’s largest Supercharger station in Westfield White City taking the total to 17 stations in the UK. Tesla plans full UK and Ireland coverage by the end of next year to enable travel throughout the British Isles.
The Superchargers are able to replenish half the lost capacity in as little as 20 minutes. Supercharging is free for Supercharger-enabled vehicles. Tesla has now energised more than 300 Supercharger stations and over 1,600 Superchargers worldwide. In Europe, there are 123 Supercharger stations and more than 660 Superchargers.
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