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Tesla is adding one supercharger a day in Europe

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Range anxiety—the fear that your electric vehicle will run out of juice before reaching its destination—has been one of the biggest roadblocks for automakers trying to sell customers on the technology. 

Even Tesla Motors, which has a rabid following, understands that removing that concern will create a better user experience and help it sell more cars. The luxury automaker has focused its efforts on building out a network of fast-charging stations, known as superchargers, in the U.S. and Europe. 

The company has always had an aggressive timeline for building out the network. Now we know just how ambitious it is. 

CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of Tesla enthusiasts during a town hall-style meeting in Amsterdam that by the end of the year Model S owners will be able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using only the supercharger. He then added, that the company was adding close to one supercharger a day, "at least during the week." 

Later in the Q&A session, which you can watch in its entirety below, Musk talked about the supercharger network again. He said eventually he would like the cars to be integrated with an alert system of sorts that would give the driver information on the closest supercharger station if their battery was getting low. 

"We want superchargers to be so prevalent, you don't even have to think about it," Musk said in the video. 

Tesla's 120 kilowatt superchargers, which only work with the Tesla Model S, provide half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. The chargers work by delivering direct current power to the battery using special cables that bypass onboard charging equipment. And using them is free for all Tesla Model S owners. 

For the quotes on the supercharger network and integrating station location information within the car, go to about minute 10:15.

Musk provides insight into other areas as well, notably that it's teaming up with music subscription service Rdio for its first automotive integration, which Gigaom reported on this week. 

— By on February 7, 2014, 10:57 AM PST

Kirsten Korosec

Contributing Editor

Kirsten Korosec has written for Technology Review, Marketing News, The Hill, BNET and Bloomberg News. She holds a degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is based in Tucson, Arizona. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure