A leak reveals a preview of future terminals
Tesla is currently working on the development of its next-generation supercharger: a leaked sketch has been posted on Twitter.
Deployed since 2012, first in the US and then globally, the Supercharger network has continued to grow over the years. Today, the latter has more than 35,000 fast charging terminals, distributed in 800 stations around the world. A real tour de force on the part of the brand, which multiplied the number of openings.
In France alone, There are currently less than 1,500 Superchargers across the country. As in other parts of the world, these are V2 or V3 terminals, exhibiting respective powers of 150 to 300 kW. However, this can be increased to 324 kW with an update which will be implemented first in the US before being available in Europe.
A new generation in the making
But it does not end here. Indeed, and as our colleagues from Electrek have pointed out, Elon Musk’s firm will A new generation of superchargers is currently under development. Called the V4, it’s not expected to arrive until next year, although Tesla has yet to give any official information about it. However, we do know what these new terminals might look like, when a plan for an installation in Massachusetts has apparently leaked on the net. John Harris on Twitter.
The interested party describes himself as an information technology professional, but primarily as a beta tester of FSD (Full Self Driving), a fully autonomous driving capability available in the US. In any case, its publication is advised to welcome Twitter with a minimum of discretion.
The Tesla Supercharger site plan for Danvers, MA now appears to include a reference to the v3 post as well as an “Alternative Supercharger Post”. This is probably still a v3 build, but it suggests that v4 sites are on the way 😍
thank you @teslacharging pic.twitter.com/FoSB7ZnGpO
— John Harris (@JH_Bedford) July 19, 2022
Based on these sketches, the design of this new version will be very different from the superchargers we currently know in its V2 and V3 versions. this time, The style will be more refined, as the hole in the center of the totem has disappeared and the lines will be more angular.. The bollard should also be thin and tall. According to ElectrekThis new charger strongly resembles the “Urban Supercharger” installed in some major cities.
A growing force
For now, we still know very little about the technical specifications of this new V4 supercharger. Nevertheless, it would appear that these see their power increase – logically – compared to the V3, then increasing to 350 kW. The brand will also mention its desire to integrate a CSS socket on its terminals in the US To make them accessible for most electric models. Note that this connector is already available in Europe.
According to the images, the cable will be slightly longer than the terminals currently in service This will again facilitate access to non-Tesla models, whose sockets are sometimes installed in the front. It’s just a matter of waiting before we know more, while Tesla will likely communicate about these new superchargers soon.
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