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The charging speed of electric vehicles is one of the main factors that must be overcome in order to achieve parity with ICE vehicles. Already now, Tesla vehicles can be charged on Superchargers at a high speed, but this is not the limit and the power of 350 kilowatts is not far off, Elon Musk hinted.
The Tesla Model S Plaid presentation was full of interesting information. Among other things, the CEO of the company, Elon Musk, said that it is quite clear that the company will develop new Superchargers that will have more power than now.
Tesla V3 Superchargers offer charging speed up to 250 kW; this is compared to Tesla's earlier V2 stalls, which could only deliver up to 150 kW. And since V3 stations do not share power like Tesla's other charging stations do, the company says that, combined with the higher output, they anticipate the average charging time to drop to around 15 minutes. However, this is not the end of the company's quest to improve customer satisfaction as much as possible.
The emergence of more powerful Tesla chargers has long been discussed in the community. At the delivery event, Musk officially confirmed for the first time that the company is working on this. He said that, at the moment, the installation of 250 kW Superchargers is actively continuing, and soon Tesla will begin to increase their capacity to 280, 300, 350 kW.
"With peace in mind, it is super easy… to keep increasing the power of Superchargers, you know, we're 250 kW, so obviously, we'll start going to 280, 300, 350 kW."
Musk did not disclose details of when more powerful Superchargers for the company's passenger cars, including the pickup truck, will become available. However, with the imminent release of Cybertruck, the tri-motor version of which has a range of 500+ miles, such charges will be badly needed. Mass production of the steel beast is only planned for 2022, which means the company has time to further improve its charging network.
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