Elon Musk has announced that the charging capacity at Tesla’s Superchargers will be increased from 250 kW to 300 kW. However, the Tesla CEO did not specify a time frame for the upgrade.
The announcement was made, as is almost usual with Musk, via Twitter. In response to a 1,000-mile test by the US portal Car & Driver, in which three Tesla models won ahead of the Ford Mustang Mach-E 4X and the Porsche Taycan 4S, Musk wrote that the result was “not bad”. He criticised the fact that the magazine had used the performance variants instead of the long-range models for the Model 3 and Model Y – and the older “Long Range Plus” version and not the new Plaid variant for the winning Model S.
But the afterthought is interesting: “Supercharger network is being upgraded to 250kW to 300kW, so that will help too.” With charging power increased to 300kW, the Tesla CEO hints that the long-distance advantage could be even greater. However, he left it open when the step would take place or whether the upgrade had already been rolled out secretly – and had not yet been recognised due to vehicle-side limitations.
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.
Supercharger network is being upgraded to 250kW to 300kW, so that will help too.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2021
It comes as no surprise that Tesla will increase the charging capacity at its own fast chargers. At the event for the first delivery of the Model S refresh models in June, Musk had already indicated that they would “go to 280, 300, 350” in terms of power.
Tesla has been rolling out the current V3 Superchargers (in Europe only with CCS) since 2019. Musk did not specify whether the 300-kW chargers are still the V3 generation or a new series. Last October, the then Tesla manager Jerome Guillen had promised charging columns with up to 350 kW; primarily for the ‘Semi’ electric truck. However, Guillen, who has since left Tesla, stated in a postscript that the 350 kW might be aimed at cars.
Tesla has already adjusted the charging power of existing Superchargers in the past, for example from 120 to 150 kW for the V2 generation. As a side note, Tesla put the 1,000th Supercharger charging point into operation in Germany in June.