In April, two writers for the German "manager-magazin" took a Model S all the way from the deep south of Germany to the very north. They wrote a detailed blog, which is fun to read, but too much for me to translate here. The conclusion was that they absolutely loved the car (how could they not), but they were super-critical of the German EV infrastructure, which failed them at every turn. Superchargers will change that.
Quote 1: "For the auto nation Germany the Model S is a vigorous slap in the face. Firstly, for our car industry: They still regard EVs merely as city cars. VW-chief Martin Winterkorn claimed as late as last fall, that only 150km (about 93 miles) are feasible in an EV. He was either misinforming the public, or he doesn't know of what he speaks - the Model S in the USA was already proving him wrong at that time." (snip) "But the feeble efforts of some German communities to advance electric mobility proved to be outright embarrassing."
And here my favorite, quote 2:
"Tesla's Model S is like a spaceship from the future that landed in Germany and found an inhospitable planet. The car is currently just too good for Germany. It should be a wake-up call for our industry and our politicians to start catching up."
I post this not to gloat, but on the contrary: If the disruptive nature of the Model S's appearance on the scene is recognized in a technically advanced country like Germany, it further underscores what we, who drive this car, already know. And it will start ringing alarm bells not only in Germany, but everywhere, where bosses are too invested in the old ways.
For those of you, who read German, here's the test:
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