Next Monday, Sept. 24, Tesla Motors intends to introduce at its Hawthorne, Calif. design studio its much-anticipated “Supercharger” fast charging system for Teslas on the go.
A level-2 charger might take eight hours to replenish an 85-kwh battery pack in the Model S, but the publicly situated 440-volt Superchargers are promised to cut this to one hour, if not less. Word has it also the recharging stations may also be solar powered.
“It will feel like alien spaceships landed at highway rest stops,” said company co-founder Elon Musk to his 88,856 and counting Twitter followers.
Or, it could at least feel like something closer to the time it takes to fill a gas tank in a conventional car, if we might allude to one of the objections some make about electric cars.
Yes, it is a debate, but let’s not forget the positive attributes offered by electric cars – like lower operational costs than demanded by those fast-filling fuel burners, and reduced dependence on petroleum given that electricity is domestically produced.
Not unaware of consumer expectations, Tesla will roll out its Superchargers to help meet desires for increased convenience. Unfortunately, there are questions as to how damaging to the battery frequent high-voltage recharging would be, and whether it would diminish the lifespan of one of those pricey packs comprised of Panasonic li-ion cells.
Located along highway routes, the Superchargers are expected to be an expedient means to contemplate longer travel, while 240-volt charging is to be the more battery friendly way to go for day to day charging.
The 85-kwh Model S gets an EPA-rated 265 miles range, and this number can go lower with more stomping on the accelerator and easygoing driving can improve on this estimate as well.
Presently it is the longest range EV on the market, and soon drivers will be offered limited opportunities to access a growing network of uber-fast chargers.
We’ll have a full report after the launch next week.