Elon Musk hints that Tesla’s new Superchargers might be insanely fast

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Tesla’s new Superchargers might be so insanely fast that topping off a tank of gas will look slow in comparison.

In a Twitter exchange, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased that the new Supercharger V3 will be coming soon, and that it will make the old V2 Superchargers look like child’s play.

One of the things holding back electric car adoption has been “range anxiety.” It’s the very real feeling a driver gets when they know their car is going to run out of power soon without a charging point nearby. Not only that, knowing that an electric car will take 40 minutes to get an 80 percent charge has also made making the jump from gasoline a challenge. It’s the main reason why the Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt (among others) have been slow to make the shift to all-electric.

It seems that the charging problem has definitely been on the minds of Tesla engineers. If Musk’s tweet is to be believed, that means consumers are about to see a major jump in charging technology.

The current Superchargers max out at 150kW, but when Musk was asked about 350kW, he scoffed.

What Musk is alluding to isn’t some unheard-of shift in charging technology. In Geneva, the government is currently working on a “flash-charging” network that will potentially charge busses in seconds. It will give busses a blast of energy at 600kW, completely usurping Tesla’s current supercharging rate. If Tesla is able to deploy similar technology for its supercharging network, it could mean that charging a car will take seconds, compared to the minutes it takes to top off a tank of gas.

With the Tesla Model 3 set to hit consumers sometime in 2017, ensuring that Supercharging stations aren’t completely packed with drivers will be an absolute imperative.


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