Published on February 11th, 2019 | by Kyle Field
February 11th, 2019 by Kyle Field
The Belgian port city of Zeebrugge has been getting a lot of attention in the last few weeks as it has become the destination for all of the inbound Tesla Model 3s headed for continental Europe. To prepare for the arrival of the Tesla Model 3, the port of Zeebrugge (double E, double G) installed 300 EVBox chargers in a dockside parking lot that hints at a future where charging stations are everywhere.
— Roberto di Gento (@robertvg) February 10, 2019
The new chargers were installed in a new 4,000 square meter (43,000 square foot) parking lot adjacent to the dock to allow for the vehicles to be charged up to 80% before being sent off to customers. The infrastructure was included in the contract for Tesla’s business at the port in addition to an expansion of the “Vehicle Processing Center,” according to New Mobility.
Tesla has stated that it plans to send 3,000 vehicles through the port every two weeks to supply European demand for its vehicles. That’s the current plan, at least, as Tesla has also stated that it plans to build a fourth Gigafactory in Europe, somewhere near the French–German border. The company stated that it would announce the location of the fourth Gigafactory last year, but the plans never materialized as the company focused its efforts on stabilizing Model 3 production in the US and laying the groundwork for its third Gigafactory in Shanghai, China.
The first shipment of Tesla Model 3s arrived last week, and the lineup of inbound shipments is stacked up to the horizon as European customers continue to salivate for the electric car that is bound to blow the lid off of demand for electric cars in Europe — if its market share in the US is any indicator. The Model 3 has already consumed the vast majority of electric vehicle market share in the US, owning 80% of the market. Only available in two countries in 2018, the Model 3 rose to the #1 spot globally in terms of EV sales.