Tesla's long awaited arrival in the UK is all set to kick off in June, with the first vehicles – with the steering wheel on the correct side, no less! – getting into public hands. Accompanying the grand launch will be the creation of the "electric highway," a network of Tesla Supercharger stations between Dover/Bristol and London and along the length of the M1 motorway. Drivers of the most expensive models are expected to receive free unlimited access to the Supercharger network, while others will pay a one-off fee to receive the same.
With the claimed range of around 300 miles to a full charge on some versions and the possibility of an additional 130 miles from just 20 minutes charge at one of the Supercharger points, the Model S should get you the length of the country on just one stop. Sometimes living in a small country has its benefits! By contrast, many existing electric cars on sale in the UK get around a third of the Tesla's range.
The Tesla Model S isn't like any other electric vehicle on sale in the UK, though. From it's size, incredible turn of pace and general all round appearance, the Model S will stand out in a crowd that currently includes the Nissan Leaf and frankly awful G-Wiz.
The party piece inside the Model S is the giant 17-inch touchscreen centre console that among other things allows you to connect to the web on the move. Not to mention the various official and unofficial mobile apps already available for different platforms that let you hook right into your shiny new electric wheels.
The face of the British electric car scene may be about to change for the better and it'll be interesting to see what adoption of the Model S is like through the remainder of 2014. If I had upwards of £50,000 lying around to pick up a new ride, I know I'd definitely consider it. How about you?