Tesla will start selling its high-end electric cars in the UK from next month, with the Tesla S capable of travelling 300 miles on a single charge.
The £70,000 Model S Performance Plus will be the first right-hand-drive Tesla car to be sold here in the UK.
Besides its sporty looks and accompanying performance (0-62mph in 4.2 seconds), the Tesla S’s most impressive feat is that it can travel 300 miles on a single charge.
However, the Tesla S can still travel an estimated 130 miles on a 20 minute partial charge, which means that you’ll be able to drive the length of England with a single brief recharge stop.
That’s in stark contrast to most other electric cars available in Britain, which tend to be limited to a range of around 100 miles. They also generally require an overnight charge to reach full capacity.
Tesla is installing a number of supercharging stations around England. There’ll be recharge points in Dover, Bristol, the M25, and north along the M1.
Tesla S drivers will be able to use these recharge stations for free, while other users will be able to pay a one-off fee for unlimited usage.
It’s hoped that Tesla’s arrival in the UK will kick-start the electric car business in a country where only 1,547 electric vehicles were registered during the first four months of the year.
The UK government appointing Tesla founder Elon Musk (who also co-founded PayPal) as an electric car tsar last year in a bid to turn more Brits electric.
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