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Published on March 5th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Tesla Planning Aggressive European Expansion

model-s-europeTesla Superchargers should cover most of Europe by the end of 2014, according to Elon Musk, with 30 new Tesla stores planned for the Old World as well. It’s part of a plan to aggressively market the Model S to foreign customers, with Musk expecting European and Asian sales to almost double North American sales this year.

Musk has been vocally bullish on Tesla’s prospects in China, saying it could become necessary to build a factory there in the future. Norway has also taken a shine to the Tesla Model S, making it the best-selling vehicle in the cold northern country for a month. But outside of Norway and Germany, Tesla sales have been tepid. That will soon change with the addition of 30 new Tesla service stations and stores, about doubling the company’s presence on the continent.

There will also be more Superchargers soon as well, enough to cover travel anywhere in the Old World. There are about 14 Supercharging stations open right now, and at least 6 of those are in Norway, with the remainder spread out over Central Europe. With a right-hand drive Model S coming for English drivers soon, and the promise of more stores, service stations, and Superchargers, Elon Musk is putting a crosshairs on Europe’s elite as Tesla sales in America flatten out.

With all the extra taxes levied on gas-burning luxury cars, and the many incentives offered to EV buyers, there are no doubt buyers waiting for a reason to buy a Tesla Model S. This could be the push those fence-sitters need.

Source: Automotive News



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  • Boca Ratso

    I have seen complaints about brakes on some Tesla owner blogs.
    But I haven’t heard anything in the news media..which is waiting to jump on another Tesla problem.,.. or from NHTSA. That makes me suspicious.
    I would not discount the reports completely, but I wouldn’t put it past some Wall Street sharpies to plant false stories to push the stock price go down… then buy at a discount.

  • Bob_Wallace

    What’s the matter, Bippy?

    Did Elon fail to leave you a nice fat tip when you made his latte? Or do you have a bug up your butt for some other reason?

  • JRT256

    The issue with the brakes might be with the pad choice. However, it is normal for disk brakes to take a short time to dry off when applied wet. Users of a regular vehicle learn to do this. However, with regenerative braking, the vehicle software needs to do this; it needs to very lightly apply the friction brakes when the regenerative braking is active to warm up that brake pads and dry them. So, this may be simply software that needs to be updated.

  • J_JamesM

    A tiny percentage of fires + minor recalls of an entirely brand-new vehicle from a brand-new automaker + zero deaths thus far = Tesla is negligent and unsafe.

    What?

  • J_JamesM

    Imagine how he will freak out when he hears about the far worse safety scandals from other automakers. Like GM, Ford and Toyota.

    NO ONE GIVE HIM A COPY OF “UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED,” HE IS LIABLE TO EXPLODE.

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