Electric car maker Tesla Motors has installed eight more of its fast charging stations across Europe, four in German cities along the highway, two in the Netherlands, one in Switzerland and one in Austria. The move significantly expands the company’s free electric car charging network across the continent (now at 14), following a European push that started in the summer of 2013.
While Europe will probably end up being a smaller market than the U.S. in terms of sheer volume, there are already a decent amount of Tesla customers in some European cities with high electric car incentives and environmental-leaning populations. Tesla expected to deliver 800 Model cars to Norwegian customers by the end of last year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last year that he expects at least half the amount of sales in Europe that there have been in the U.S.
Tesla opened an assembly plant in Europe in Tilburg, in the Netherlands, and has its European headquarters in Amsterdam. It also has European stores across the U.K., Austria, France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Sweden.
Tesla now has 81 Superchargers installed worldwide. The company launched these free charging spots to help extend the range of its Model S cars, which get between 200 and 300 miles per charge.