Tesla Unveils High Power Charging Network From Lands End to John o'GroatsBy Tesla Motors Ltd, PRNE
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tesla Roadster to be the First Electric car to Traverse Great Britain on Historic Drive
LONDON, May 19, 2011 - Electric carmaker Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced today that it has
partnered with UK hotels and tourist destinations to install a high power
charging network, comprised of ten charge stations throughout Great Britain.
Each charge station is privately owned and available for public use,
either provided free or for a nominal fee. The network is the result of a
grass-roots effort by Roadster drivers and forward-thinking hotels and
resorts (see list below). Now Roadster owners can enjoy their cars'
breathtaking accelleration and 211 mile range as they tour Great Britain, and
conveniently recharge while having a meal, using leisure facilities, or
indulging in an overnight stay. Tesla's High Power Connector (HPC) delivers a
whopping 70 amps of electricity, fully charging an empty battery in three
hours, and "topping off" a partially-charged battery in a fraction of that
time. Complimenting the HPC network, Zero Carbon World, a charity dedicated
to creating a clean energy future, has installed medium power connectors
(MPCs), delivering 32 amps, at several sites throughout Britain. Tesla's
forthcoming Model S luxury saloon also can charge on the entire network.
An historic drive, from John o'Groats on Scotland's northeast tip, to
Land's End on the southwest English coast, will combine the Roadster's long
range with the network's high power charging. On Saturday, May 21, Kevin
Sharpe, founder of Zero Carbon World, will set off from John o'Groats in his
electric blue Tesla Roadster along with EV expert David Peilow, both taking
turns at the wheel. They expect to reach Lands End on Sunday, with stops to
charge up using Tesla HPCs along the way.
"The long range of Tesla vehicles and fast charging at popular
destinations via Tesla's HPC make convenient, emissions-free driving
throughout Britain a reality," said Gian Avignone, Tesla's Country Manager
for UK and Ireland.
"After crossing the country on a single charge in a Tesla Roadster, I
realised that national coverage would require surprisingly few charge
stations," said David Peilow. "I worked out the minimum number of sites for
all of Britain to be reached, and found locations where drivers would be keen
to stop and recharge. Once the benefits of hosting an EV charger were
explained, most sites jumped at the chance to have one."
"The new network embodies Zero Carbon World's vision of a carbon-free
society, and shows that eliminating fossil fuel emissions is well within our
grasp," said Kevin Sharpe. "The network empowers people to make choices that
are pleasurable and consistent with their values of environmental
stewardship. I'm thrilled to be the first EV owner to make the drive from
John o'Groats to Lands End."
Sharpe's Roadster will make the following stops on Saturday and Sunday.
Stay apprised at www.teslamotors.com/endtoend, which provides a real time
map, links to the drivers' twitter feeds, along with other information.
- John o'Groats KW1 4YR (HPC) - Saturday 21 May @ 9 a.m.
- Macdonald Aviemore Resort PH22 1PN (HPC)
- Dalmahoy, a Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Kirknewton EH27 8EB (HPC)
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham DH1 5TL (HPC)
- The Nottingham Belfry - Q Hotels NG8 6PY (HPC)
- The Arden Hotel and Leisure Club, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EH (MPC)
- The Castle Hotel at Taunton TA1 1NF (HPC)
- Land's End TR19 7AA - Sunday 22 May 2011
Additional HPCs can be found at Westmorland Tebay Services and the
Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel; two more will be available soon at The Moat
House Hotel at Acton Trussell and the Ashford International Hotel - Kent. A
resort in South Wales also will host an HPC. Further, Zero Carbon World has
installed MPCs at the Whitesands Lands End Hotel and Ackergill Tower. These
additional stations give Tesla drivers even greater flexibility to explore
About Tesla Motors
Tesla's goal is to produce a full range of electric cars, from sports
cars to mass-market vehicles - relentlessly driving down the cost of electric
vehicles. It is currently the only U.S. automaker that builds and sells
highway-capable EVs in serial production. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla
designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has
delivered more than 1,600 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and
the Asia Pacific Region. Model S, the first premium sedan to be built from
the ground up as an electric vehicle, goes on the market in mid-2012.
Tesla launched the Roadster 2.5, the fourth iteration of the vehicle,
last year, demonstrating the company's continuous innovation and close
feedback loop between engineers and customers. The Roadster continues to
break new barriers, already having set records for distance traveled on a
single charge by an EV. From Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia, the
Roadster proves that drivers need not compromise on performance, style or
even range to go electric. Tesla is actively building on what it has learned
from the Roadster to make its next vehicles, including the Model S, just as
Tesla Media Contacts: Myra Pasek, mpasek at teslamotors.com, +1-415-987-6972; Roberto Toro, rtoro at teslamotors.com, +44-7841-816-653; Zero Carbon World Media Contact: Dawn Collins, dawn.collins at zerocarbonworld.org, +44-1225-869-439; Drivers David Peilow and Kevin Sharpe Media Contacts: David Peilow, david at peilow.com, +44-7977-931-781; Kevin Sharpe, kevin.sharpe at zerocarbonworld.org, +44-7958-367-914
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