Tesla Supercharging times have reduced by one-third in just five years, the company said, as its efforts to alleviate false narratives related to elongated charging sessions have improved thanks to technological advancements.
Tesla’s Supercharger Network is already the most robust in the industry, and its tech is arguably the best out there. In terms of dependability, we seldom hear that a Tesla Supercharger is out of order, and if it is, it could be due to routine service or updates.
Other EV charging companies have not been able to match the expansion or dependability of Tesla’s Superchargers, and it’s one of the key reasons consumers flock to its vehicles over competitors.
Tesla revealed this morning that its Supercharging times had been reduced by 30 percent over the past five years, and this is despite the mass adoption of EVs over that time.
The Model 3 was introduced just one year earlier and basically triggered Tesla into the hypothetical stratosphere in terms of becoming the first brand to truly offer a widely affordable and effective electric model. Of course, there were precursors before it, like the Chevrolet Bolt, for example.
Tesla defined six main reasons for its reduction in Supercharger times:
- Transition to the V3 Supercharger
- Efficient Routing with Trip Planner
- Supercharger Density Increasing
- Vehicle Efficiency
- Battery Pre-Heating
- Customer Education
These six factors have all contributed to the reduction in Supercharging times in different ways.
Over the last 5 years, we’ve unlocked 30% faster charge times through a combination of hardware, software & customer education pic.twitter.com/FZFoS85pBN
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 14, 2023
The V3 Superchargers were unveiled in 2019 and enabled charging speeds of up to 250 kW, or 1,000 miles of range in an hour, but only in ideal conditions. This alone has contributed to shorter wait times, but there are a variety of other factors that Tesla seems to believe were more crucial.
Tesla is already moving past V3 and moving to V4, which will be even faster than the previous iteration of Supercharger. The first installations are already underway in Europe and seem to support the introduction of non-Tesla EV charging with longer cables.
Tesla emphasized the importance of the Trip Planner, which has helped cut wait times in half since 2019, the automaker said.
Using real-time vehicle & site data, Trip Planner routes vehicles to available sites & away from crowded sites.
This has helped cut wait time in half since 2019! pic.twitter.com/NS9foC0Fkl
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 14, 2023
The Trip Planner feature helps drivers visit Superchargers along a route that would help them get from Point A to Point B in the most efficient manner possible.
This doesn’t require elongated waits at Superchargers but relatively short stints at various charging stations that help make a drive faster and wait times less of a hassle.
Tesla has also placed a distinct focus on expanding the Supercharger Network over the past several years and expanded from 31,498 connectors in 2021 to 42,419 in 2022, a 35 percent increase.
Other tech has undoubtedly contributed to the reduction in Supercharger times, but the important thing is that the misconceptions regarding EV charging are being debunked.
While it is still not a five or ten-minute task to charge an EV in today’s age, there is also the option of Home Charging, which gives people the option to wake up every morning to a full charge.
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