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Tesla Motors (TSLA) announced plans for a European expansion of its Supercharger network and showrooms Tuesday at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Deliveries of the all-electric Model S sedan began last month in Norway, which currently has six Supercharger stations free for use to Model S owners. The next markets are Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Palo Alto-based Tesla said that "more European routes will be energized in the coming months," but did not provide specific details. A comprehensive network of Superchargers is scheduled to be in place by the end of 2014.

Jerome Guillen, a vice president of Tesla Motors, speaks during a press conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday,
Jerome Guillen, a vice president of Tesla Motors, speaks during a press conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (DANIEL REINHARDT/EPA)

"This year has already been one of tremendous growth and expansion throughout Europe for Tesla and Model S," CEO Elon Musk said in a statement Tuesday. "Before the end of this year, our European operations will expand even further, with new stores and service centers in locations including Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Berlin, Paris, Cote d'Azur/Provence, Stavanger, Vienna, Amsterdam, Basel, Geneva, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Stockholm and London."

Tesla has a target of selling 21,000 units of the Model S worldwide in 2013. Gas prices are high in Europe, where Tesla hopes to compete with established automakers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.


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Tesla's Model S already has the longest range of any electric vehicle on the market. By swiftly moving into charging infrastructure, Tesla is allowing its customers to take long road trips, eliminating any remaining "range anxiety."

The Model S is available with two battery pack options that offer ranges of roughly 230 or 300 miles per charge. Each option is equipped to use Supercharger stations.

In the United States, Tesla open its 26th Supercharger in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday and will roll out additional stations in Illinois and the Northeast this month.

The Superchargers can be used only by Model S drivers; they won't work with other plug-in electric vehicles. Drivers of the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and even the Tesla Roadster are out of luck.

Musk is planning a six-day, 3,200-mile cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York with his five sons before the end of the year to prove the feasibility of coast-to-coast, all-electric travel. Via Twitter, Musk said the trip would only require nine hours of charging.

"At 1.5 hrs/day, we will only ever need to charge when stopping anyway to eat or sightsee, never just for charging itself," Musk tweeted.

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