Tesla Motors starts rolling out the European part of its Supercharger network, unveiling its first super fast charging stations for electric vehicles on the European continent in Norway today.
Opening stations in 6 Norwegian cities, the Superchargers will be available to all Tesla Model S drivers travelling through the country free of charge.
The technology, said to be the most advanced in the world, allows charging electric vehicles more than twenty times faster than conventional stations. The chargers deliver up to 120 kW DC (Direct Current) power directly to the car’s battery using special cables that bypass the on-board charging equipment.
Tesla said that every Tesla Model S driver in Norway should now be able to travel comfortable across the country, having Superchargers available within the cars range along the most frequently used roads and highways.
According to Tesla Motors' statement, approximately 90 per cent of the Norwegian population lives within 320 km of a Supercharger station, and about 60 per cent of the country's total land mass is within the same distance of a station, meaning the fully charge Tesla Model S car can comfortable cover the distance between two Superchargers.
Earlier this year, the company, led by the founder of PayPal and SpaceX Elon Musk, embarked on a plan to cover the whole USA with the Superchargers within the next year.
As a part of the opening event in Norway, three Model S cars have departed from different locations across the country towards Oslo this morning. On their 500km long journey they will be able to charge within 30 minutes using the new Superchargers, never running out of power.
Elon Musk, the company's CEO, said previously that addressing the issues of long distance travel could help accelerating the shift from fossil fuels to electricity-based personal transport.