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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 internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Tesla cars can already be charged on Superchargers at a high speed of 250 kW, but this is not the limit, and now the Supercharger network is being upgraded to 300kW, said Elon Musk.
It is not the first time that Tesla has been talking about increasing the power of Tesla charging stations. In June, during the Tesla Model S Plaid presentation, CEO Elon Musk said it was clear that the company would be developing new Superchargers that would have more power than they do 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.
At the Model S Plaid delivery event, Musk officially confirmed for the first time that the company is working on boosting the power of the Superchargers. He said that at the moment, the installation of 250 kW Superchargers is actively continuing, and in the near future 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."
Now Musk has mentioned it again. He wrote on Twitter that the Supercharger network is being upgraded to 300kW. This means that charging time can drop below 15 minutes, which in turn can make the time spent on charging an EV and refueling an ICE car almost the same.
Not bad, although new Model S has more range & faster charging. 3 & Y should use long range version, as Performance version is meant for max speed & handling, not max range.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2021
Supercharger network is being upgraded to 250kW to 300kW, so that will help too.
Musk did not disclose details of when more powerful Superchargers for the company's vehicle lineup—soon to include a pickup truck—will become available. However, with the imminent start of production of Cybertruck, the tri-motor version of which has a range of 500+ miles, such chargers will be badly needed. Mass production of the steel beast is only scheduled for 2022, which means the company has time to further improve its charging network.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.