Tesla Motors into Scotland with new Model S Supercharger at Edinburgh Airport

- Leadership - Oct 27, 2014

Tesla is stepping up its activity in the UK by opening a new supercharger facility at Edinburgh Airport.

The machine takes 20 minutes to charge half of the battery inside the new electric Model S sedan car, adding to the 220 other locations where such charge points are present.

This is the eight supercharger in the UK, with five in London alone and others in Reading and Birmingham, site of a new showroom and service centre about to open.

Tesla wants drivers to be able to drive from Scotland deep into Norway, and has plans to open hubs in Bristol, Newcastle and Manchester.

The company is also introducing lucrative finance deals for UK buyers that includes a guaranteed buyback after three years for at least half of the original price.

Georg Ell, UK Director at Tesla, said: “We're really pleased to open our first Scottish Supercharger. The location makes travel in and around Edinburgh easy and also enables a route from Edinburgh to both Glasgow and Stirling and beyond."

"There are plans for an Edinburgh store and service centre next year, so watch this space for more activity."

It has been a good quarter for the country’s electric car market, with the government confirming that 5,000 Q3 registrations were made supported by grants from the plug-in scheme. This represents a doubling in popularity from Q2. 

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