POWER UP: Tesla has installed several super-charge stations for its battery cars in the UK - now there's one at Edinburgh Airport. Image: Tesla
LONDON, England – Tesla has installed a battery super-charger at Scotland's Edinburgh Airport and thereby, it says, firmly established the company in that country.
The location, American carmaker Tesla says, is part of a network expansion that will soon allow Model S owners to find a fast battery-charge anywhere in the UK - and the service is free...
The site is accessible from several motorways and main roads and is adjacent to the air terminal so is always available, day or night. An hour's free parking comes with the service so a Tesla can be charged while dropping passengers.
Tesla’s UK country director Georg Ell said: “We’re really pleased to open our first Scottish super-charger. The location makes travel in and around Edinburgh easy and also enables a route from Edinburgh to Glasgow and Stirling and beyond.
"It’s an exciting time for Tesla in Scotland. There are plans for an Edinburgh store and service centre in 2015.”
Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “It’s great that Edinburgh Airport is now home to Scotland’s first Tesla super-charger, which will provide convenient service for Tesla owners when they arrive and depart."
The super-charger can return a drive battery to half-charge in about 20 minutes and, in the UK, can be found along well-travelled routes to allow Model S owners to drive long-distance with few stops.
Tesla has 221 super-chargers worldwide, eight of them in the UK, making it the world's largest and fastest-growing fast-charge network.