One of the drawbacks of owning an electric vehicle (EV) concerns access to charging stations. These stations aren’t as widely available as gas stations, and this may create problems, whether a driver is traveling across town or across the country.
Available nationwide in a multitude of locations, Tesla’s Supercharger stations are designed to make charging facilities more widely accessible to owners of the brand’s EVs. Supercharger stations can be found along some of the most well-traveled routes from coast to coast, and this allows them to provide excellent support for Tesla owners during road trips.
Tesla has a new version of the Supercharger that boosts peak charging speed for certain vehicles. Tesla expects this update to reduce charge time by 25 percent.
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Right now, the improved charging speed applies only to Tesla’s most recent introduction, the Model 3, and it will be rolled out via a software update. The company says upcoming software updates are planned that will boost the charging speed for the Model X and Model S.
The new Supercharger provides 250 kW of peak power. This is partially facilitated by the introduction of a new cable, which, says Tesla, is lighter and more efficient than its predecessor.
Other than the cable, the new Supercharger is expected to look identical to the old charging station.
Unlike the previous-generation Supercharger, the current version doesn’t share power between stalls.
Tesla says that Model 3 vehicles with the long-range battery will be able to recoup 75 miles of range in five minutes via the new Supercharger. The new system will allow these models to charge up to 1,000 miles of range in a single hour.
The first public beta site of the new Supercharger will be in the Bay Area, and owners in Tesla’s Early Access Program will get first dibs. The first non-beta site will break ground over the next few weeks, with additional North American sites added throughout the second half of the year.