The Supercharger network is key to enabling Tesla owners to take substantial road trips with their electric cars. That’s what enables owners to drive from coast to coast in the United States. The company is working to further expand the network’s coverage in Europe. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that Europe will get 100 percent Supercharger coverage in 2019.
Responding to a follower on Twitter, Musk said that “Supercharger coverage will extend to 100% of Europe next year. From Ireland to Kiev, from Norway to Turkey.” Tesla’s Supercharger locations are strategically placed along major routes.
They can rapidly charge the electric vehicles, providing 80 percent of the battery capacity in about 40 minutes. The idea here is that you should be able to get enough juice in the car to carry on to your destination or the next Supercharger location while you’re at a rest stop for a bite.
Tesla has previously committed to significantly expanding the Supercharger network. Musk said in November this year that the network’s capacity is going to be doubled by the end of 2019 so that these rapid chargers are “within range of 95% to 100% of population in all active markets.”
Musk was also asked about Tesla’s plans to bring Superchargers to Africa. “2020,” came the brief response.