Tesla has opened two Supercharger locations, in London and Birmingham, allowing Tesla car owners to recharge their vehicles more rapidly than they would normally.
The placement of the superchargers allows Model S owners to, in theory, drive from London to Edinburgh, stopping once in Birmingham for a 20-minute battery top-up.
The first new Supercharging site is at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, on Portman Square. It is accessible via the hotel car park, which is free to Model S owners for one hour while charging. Valet parking is available.
The second Supercharging site is again at the Hyatt Regency, this time in Birmingham, on Bridge Street.
Model S customers with the 85kWh battery, which allows a theoretical 312-mile range, can drive the 100 or so miles from London to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham, then top up from two thirds to full 312-mile range capacity in 20-30 minutes, before setting off on the remainder of their cross-country journey.
Obviously your own mileage will vary. Traveling at motorway speeds drains electric car batteries more rapidly then when gently cruising, so you’ll have to travel at well below the national speed limit to stand a chance of making it the full 312 miles.
Tesla’s Supercharging sites are available to Model S owners for free, for life. More are expected to crop up in the not too distant future.