Tesla has opened its second free fast-charging ‘Supercharger’ system in the city of Birmingham – and has already confirmed plans to further expand it and enable Tesla owners to be Britain’s first drivers able to go anywhere in the country without range anxiety.
Tesla’s other Supercharger location is 130 miles away in London: the broad spacing between them is part of a “rapid network expansion” plan that will soon allow UK Model S owner – an electric car with an official 300-mile range – “drive anywhere in the country and charge for free, for life”.
Sounds as appealing as the prospect of owning one of the cars, not least because Tesla has cleverly positioned the charging points at the Hyatt Regency hotels in London and Birmingham. In the words of George Ell, Tesla’s UK country director: “Both Hyatt Regency hotels offer a great base for Model S owners whilst charging. With everything from bars and restaurants through to business centres and gym facilities, there is plenty to keep you occupied for your 30 minute charge.”
The Supercharger will be accessed in the hotel car park and will be free to Model S owners for one hour while charging. The hotels will also offer valet parking.
According to Tesla, these new Supercharger locations “energise” an important route between London and the UK’s second city, whilst enabling Model S drivers to travel long distances from the Midlands to Manchester and London to continental Europe for free.
It’s part of what Tesla calls the “world’s largest fast-charging network”, with a Supercharger replenishing half a charge in about 20 minutes. There are 168 Superchargers across the world, each one situated in convenient places, such as motorway services, restaurants, cafes, shopping centres and hotels.
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