Don't worry, I'm not going to say "...before my Model S is delivered". Something else:
Right now I'm half way through my holiday. The first half involved driving from the Netherlands to Croatia and back, some 3000 km round trip. The second half involved driving from the Netherlands to the South of France, some 2300 km. I wonder how long it will be before I can make either or both of these trips using an MS?
I would think that Netherlands - Provence, mostly along the Route du Soleil, would be a prime candidate for a SC network. We currently drive this route 3-4 times per year pretty much non-stop in abut 10:30 - 11 hours. (I generally plug myself into a good audiobook and only stop for fluid exchanges - fuel in, other fluids out!). I guess using the MS would require 3 SC stops of +/- an hour each, but I could happily live with the extra time en-route to be ICE free.
But having said that, I wonder just how Tesla will go about building a SC network in Europe? European 'dream' to one side, different countries, different rules, different interests. France is already trying to protect it's automotive industry against even the Germans (for instance by disqualifying a certain type of coolant that is used by Mercedes). Will the French authorities then be compliant with Tesla's - an AMERICAN company - desire to build a Tesla specific SC network? Or will innate French bureaucracy and self-interest slow the whole thing down? Will Tesla need to do a deal with Renault or Peugeot before being able to make any progress with SC's in France? Or could one imagine being able to drive the Route du Soleil in an MS next summer?
I guess that driving to Croatia is another whole kettle of fish. I could imagine the German authorities having a better sense of fair play when it comes to an SC network. But will Tesla be able to penetrate Germany (and Austria) sufficiently to justify an SC network there - bearing in mind that they'll be head-2-head with BMW, et.al., in their home autobahn market? And how long will it take before countries such as Slovenia & Croatia get SC's?
The Netherlands is a market that in my view is naturally open to Tesla, but I'm not sure just how far that goes for the rest of Europe. Unlike the US, it seems to me that there's a lot of hurdles to cross before long distance driving in Europe can become a reality. Something of a chicken & egg problem, maybe?
Interested to hear your views.
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