Posts Tagged: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tesla talking to other automakers about sharing Supercharger network

Tesla has brought up the idea of opening up its Supercharger network to other automakers several times over the years, but a recent comment by CTO JB Straubel has fueled conjecture that talk may soon evolve into action. Speaking at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s recent Energy Fair in Wisconsin, Straubel said, “For things like… Read more »

The technical reasons Tesla would limit supercharging speed, and other practical charging considerations

Recently, a bit of a kerfuffle kicked up when a Tesla Model S owner noticed that the maximum charge rate for his car on the Supercharger network had suddenly been cut from 120 kW down to 90 kW, apparently the result of too many fast charge cycles. Tesla’s explanation was, essentially, that many things can… Read more »

Why is Tesla limiting the charging rate at Superchargers?

What’s this? Tesla is limiting my Supercharging rate, saying I’ve been fast-charging too often? It’s an outrage! I signed up for unlimited Supercharging forever! Splutter…argh..ack! ack! [falls backward, clutching at chest] Not so fast. Calm down and let Tesla explain. Yes, the vehicle software will limit the Supercharging rate for vehicles that have racked up… Read more »

Is Tesla working on an automated Supercharger?

Let’s connect a few dots here: (1) Tesla plans to have fully self-driving vehicles on the road soon, and (2) to be fully self-driving, those vehicles must have some way to charge without human intervention. Many see wireless charging as the answer, but to the best of our knowledge, (3) Tesla has never shown any… Read more »

Tesla Supercharger V3 could have power output greater than “a mere 350 kW”

As EV ranges increase, charging levels are on the way up too. Phoenix Contact, EVgo and Porsche are among the companies developing more powerful charging systems. Naturally, Tesla has plans to outdo them all. In a recent tweet, Elon Musk hinted at something called Supercharger V3, which presumably will offer charging levels higher than the… Read more »

Next frontier for Tesla: redefining the gas station?

At this very early stage of vehicle electrification, no one can be certain of what an optimal public charging network will look like. Conventional wisdom at this point calls for DC fast chargers along highways, and Level 2 chargers at destination locations such as tourist attractions, shopping malls, etc. There is also a school of… Read more »

Tesla Model 3: What we know and what we don’t know

Tesla made automotive history on March 31, when it unveiled the culmination of its master plan to bring EVs to the masses. The company has committed to delivering a car with the parameters that pundits have identified as the tipping point for widespread EV sales: 200 miles of range and a price tag in the… Read more »

Elon Musk: Supercharging will not be free for Tesla Model 3 owners

Elon Musk and JB Straubel held forth for over three hours at Tesla’s 2016 annual shareholder meeting. They recapped the history of the company, and discussed its ambitious plans for the future, before taking questions from the audience. Mr. Musk answered what is probably the most pressing question among the legions of future Model 3… Read more »

Tesla Supercharger users rate experience far better than other Fast Charging users

Silicon Valley companies are notoriously obsessed with creating the best possible user experience. So, it should come as no surprise that user ratings for Tesla’s Supercharger sites are better than ratings for other types of DC Fast Charging sites. PlugShare makes a free app that allows EV drivers to find and share information about charging… Read more »

Tesla to promote Chinese national charging standard

China has ambitious electrification plans, but a lack of common charging standards has been a major roadblock. In September the State Council announced a major infrastructure initiative that called for deploying 4.5 million charging points. Now the country has developed a new charging standard that supports both DC fast charging and Level 2 charging. No… Read more »