New City Supercharger, less kW, more powerful
Tesla has recently announced a new city Supercharger that operates on lower power (72 kW) than its traditional Supercharger equipment (125 kW) but is more compact, making it more suitable for urban installations — and still much more powerful than “normal” EV fast chargers.
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Charging infrastructure in metropolitan areas is a matter of vital concern to city dwellers, many of whom have no access to private chargers they can use to charge their cars overnight. In the big city New York, only 16 fast chargers are available.
On September 11, Tesla posted that it has developed a new compact Tesla Supercharger specifically for use in cities.
“Supercharger stations in urban areas will be installed in convenient locations, including supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts, so it’s easy for customers to charge their car in the time it takes to grocery shop or run errands. They also have the same pricing as our existing Superchargers, which is far cheaper than the cost of gasoline.
“Superchargers in urban areas have a new post design that occupies less space and is easier to install, making them ideal for dense, highly populated areas. To increase efficiency and support a high volume of cars, these Superchargers have a new architecture that delivers a rapid 72 kilowatts of dedicated power to each car. This means charging speeds are unaffected by Tesla vehicles plugging into adjacent Superchargers, and results in consistent charging times around 45 to 50 minutes for most drivers.
“We will continue to expand our charging networks so that Tesla owners always have abundant and reliable access to charging wherever they go.”
Within five years, car batteries will be increased from 60 to 100 kWh. And if the German consortium CharIn EV will get the agreement, superchargers will be expanded to a new 300 KW standard.
The Tesla supercharger will take 50 minutes
The compact urban Superchargers won’t feature the full 125 kW of power that is typical for most Superchargers located along major transportation routes. However, those driving in cities are less likely to be passing through, and thus not in such a hurry to charge and go. It is far more likely they will be shopping or dining in the area and will be more than happy to wait 50 minutes to an hour to replenish their batteries.
72 kW is still far greater power than what is available to drivers of other electric cars — other fast charging stations typically range from 25 kW to 50 kW.
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