Recharging the batteries of its Tesla could take even less time by the end of 2022. According to an investor in the manufacturer, Tesla could improve its V3 Superchargers and increase their power to 324 kW.
On January 26, 2022, Elon Musk was expected to disclose Tesla’s roadmap for products and innovations to come in 2022. And precisely, one of the group’s investors, a certain Sawyer Merrit, has just revealed on Twitter one of the brand’s projects. According to his words, Tesla plans to increase the power of its V3 Superchargers by the end of 2022.
Until now, the V3 Superchargers offer a power of 250 kW, enough to obtain an average of 120 km of autonomy in just 5 minutes of recharging. For their part, the V1 and V2 Superchargers offer only 100 and 150 kW of power. Only and according to the sources of Sawyer Merrit, entrepreneur and investor of Tesla, the manufacturer intends to increase the charging speed of its V3 Superchargers.
“Tesla Superchargers in North America will increase their charging speed to 324kW (up from 250kW) later this year,” he says on Twitter. As he says on the blue bird, this new threshold initially concerns only American infrastructures. It will therefore be necessary to cross our fingers so that the Superchargers installed in France benefit from this improvement.
Superchargers soon to upgrade to Ionity terminals?
With a power of 324 kW, Tesla would reduce the gap which separates it from the Ionity charging stations, which offer a charging speed of 350 kW. Enough to encourage owners of other electric vehicles to opt for Tesla’s charging solution, because as you may know, the manufacturer is preparing to open Superchargers to EVs from competing brands.
Note, however, that this information has not been confirmed by Tesla or its CEO Elon Musk, it is therefore appropriate to take the statements of Sawyer Merrit with a grain of salt. In addition, it is possible that this increase in the power of the Superchargers will have an impact on the bill.
As of November 2021, Tesla has updated its Supercharger pay-per-minute system. Previously, the price list was divided into two levels: the price per minute for terminals equal to or less than 61 kW and the price per minute for terminals whose power is greater than 61 kW. From now on, the rates are divided into four levels, the last level being reserved for terminals with a power greater than 180 kW. Who knows, maybe Tesla could consider creating a fifth level dedicated to 324 kW terminals. To be continued.