Tesla Supercharger: Up to 300 kW charging power in the future

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So far, the maximum charging power was 250 kW – with the V3 pillars

Tesla Supercharger: Up to 300 kW charging power in the future-future

Tesla is increasing the maximum charging power of its superchargers to 300 kW. This emerges from a tweet from company boss Elon Musk. So far, the maximum charging power was 250 kW. This performance is achieved with the fast charging columns of version V3.

"The Supercharger network is being upgraded to 250 kW to 300 kW," tweeted Elon Musk in response to a report by the British car magazine Car & Driver, which had named three Tesla vehicles as test winners in 1st to 3rd place in the electric car category:

So far there is no more information on the increased charging capacity. Musk leaves it open whether the 300 kW columns should be an improved V3 charger or a completely new version V4. An upgrade is also conceivable, as Tesla has also pepped up the older V2 chargers (in 2019) from 120 to 150 kW.

Musk had already announced at the Tesla Model S Plaid Delivery Day in June that the Supercharger output would be increased to 280, 300 and 350 kW as reported by InsideEVs USA.

A charging capacity of 300 kW means an increase of 20 percent compared to the previous 250 kW. However, that does not mean that charging is 20 percent faster, because the charging time does not depend on the maximum, but on the average charging power.

And the average charging power, especially at Tesla, is often significantly lower than the maximum. This is how the new Model S Plaid stopped in our quick charge analysis on the V3 Supercharger the maximum possible 250 kW only from a charge level of around 10 to 30 percent. It will presumably be similar to a 300 kW charger, even if the average charging power then naturally increases by 20 to 80 percent with a typical charging stroke.

The Tesla Cybertruck will probably only use the full potential of the 300 kW charging stations. Because it will probably have a larger battery, and larger batteries can usually be charged faster than small ones.

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With the new maximum output of 300 kW, however, Tesla is doing very well. Even cars with 800-volt technology cannot currently achieve this charging capacity. For the Porsche Taycan with a large battery, 270 kW are specified, for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 even just 225 kW. However, these two cars also prove that the maximum charging power is not important, because the Hyundai recharges range faster than the Porsche. The Hyundai is also faster than the Model S Plaid when it comes to range reloading.

It is not yet known when the 300 kW will be available. In any case, one can assume that they will be possible in the USA first. In Germany there is Supercharge.info after the website currently around 100 supercharger locations, around half of which are V3 chargers with 250 kW.

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