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 their power could increase to 324kW, and possibly up to 370kW later this year, according to rumors.
On Friday, @SawyerMerritt/Twitter reported, citing an unnamed source, that "Tesla Superchargers in North America to get charging speed bump to 324kW (from 250kW) later this year." This makes sense, because the CEO of the company, Elon Musk, already has been talking about this. Another Twitter user, @MarcoRPTesla, reported that according to one of Tesla's employees from the Supercharger division, the power will be increased to 370kW.
I heard it was 370?— MarcoRP (@MarcoRPTesla) January 24, 2022
In June 2021, Tesla held a presentation and handed over to some customers their Model S Plaid. Among other things, Musk said that it is clear that the company will develop new Superchargers that will have more power than they currently have. 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 cars, including the pickup truck, will become available. However, with the imminent release of Cybertruck, the top-of-the-line version of which has a range of 500+ miles, such charging enhancements will be badly needed.
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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.