Tesla has opened a new Supercharger station in Maidstone, Kent. This latest addition to the Supercharger network is part of a rapid expansion that will soon allow UK Model S owners to drive anywhere in the country and on the continent. Supercharging is free for Supercharger-enabled vehicles.
The Maidstone Superchargers are located at Eclipse Park, which is managed by the Gallagher Group and conveniently located just off the M20, at Junction 7. The Superchargers can be accessed in the car park, which offers free parking to Model S owners whilst charging. Located on the route from London to Folkestone, the Maidstone Superchargers give easy access to the Eurotunnel and beyond to Europe.
“The Maidstone Superchargers are an exciting addition to the network, enabling travel through Europe from the UK and for our European owners to be able to drive easily into the UK,” said Georg Ell, Tesla’s UK Country Director. “Currently, the European network extends down to the south of France and Italy, and up to Norway and Sweden.”
Cllr Malcolm Greer, Cabinet Member at Maidstone Borough Council, said: “I am delighted that Maidstone will form part of Tesla’s European supercharging infrastructure. It is a massive leap forward in electric car technology. The idea of being able to travel across the UK and the continent without generating pollution or having to pay for fuel is not only good for the environment but also good for the wallet. I was very pleased to hear that our planners were able to turn this application around in six weeks to meet Tesla’s timetable.”
In the last few weeks, the Supercharger network has been strengthened with new locations in Exeter, Warrington, Heathrow, Bristol and the UK’s largest Supercharger station in Westfield White City taking the total to 17 stations in the UK. Tesla plans full UK and Ireland coverage by the end of next year to enable travel throughout the British Isles.