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by Matt Campbell

Free fuel for life is the promise of the Tesla Supercharger network, and the brand is now offering that promise of unlimited no-cost recharges to customers in the UK.

Tesla Model S owners can already travel the breadth of the US completely free thanks to the fast-charging system that allows a refill of the car’s battery bank to 50 per cent in a claimed 20 minutes. But now owners in the UK can do so as well, courtesy of new Supercharger locations in London and Birmingham, the country’s two biggest cities.

Tesla says the first two locations – both tied in with the Hyatt hotel group at their locations in those cities – form “part of a rapid network expansion that will soon allow UK Model S owners to drive anywhere in the country and charge for free, for life”.

Tesla Supercharger UK 2

The Hyatt Regency London’s charge point (pictured above) is located in the hotel car park, and Tesla says any Model S owner can enter and charge for up to an hour without being charged for parking. There will even be a valet parking service available.

The Hyatt Regency Birmingham is said to enable “electric travel to the Midlands and beyond”.

“This Birmingham location signifies our first move out of London in recognition of the fantastic support in the area,” said Georg Ell, Tesla’s UK country director (pictured below with Michael Gray of the Hyatt Birmingham). “We will open a store in coming months offer Midlands-based Model S owners a convenient local service.

Tesla Supercharger UK 1

“Both Hyatt Regency hotels offer a great base for Model S owners whilst charging. With everything from bars and restaurants through to business centres and gym facilities there is plenty to keep you occupied for your 30 minute charge.”

The company said such strategic locations for its Supercharger stations means owners will feasibly be able to travel from the UK to “France, Germany and other European countries for free”.

Tesla has a total of 168 Supercharger sites around the world. The electric car brand is set to launch with the Model S in Australia in the coming months, and CarAdvice has contacted the US-run company for comment on whether it plans any such Supercharger network down under.




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