Tesla Supercharger V4 has been revealed to have the potential to be twice as powerful as the previous generation.
We’re finally starting to get a little more info on the specs of the Supercharger V4, the latest generation of Tesla’s popular DC fast charging station.
Last year we reported on Tesla’s Supercharger V4 design revealed in plans for new station. Tesla is believed to be ramping up production of the new charger in order to start rolling out soon. The new charger should offer the potential for a higher charge rate (which is currently capped at 250kW for the Supercharger V3) and a solution to enable CCS charging for non-Tesla EVs.
The CCS solution was later revealed to be the magic wharf. So far, we’ve only seen it rolled out to Supercharger V3 stations, and the V4 hadn’t shown its face until earlier this month.
We reported that Tesla has started rolling out its first known Supercharger V4 station in the Netherlands. However, the station was still covered at the time.
Yesterday we reported a first look at the station, and today Tesla officially launched it:
But again, Tesla didn’t reveal any new information about the next-gen Supercharger other than the obvious: a longer cable.
However, thanks to local Tesla owners visiting the new charging station, we’re learning a bit more about its power.
A Tesla owner spotted the charger’s electric car specs, revealing a rated voltage of 1000V and a rated current of 615A:
This would mean a total maximum power of 600 kW. Sure, top power is rarely something that’s maintained or even achieved, but theoretically that’s what the new Supercharger V4 can do.
The other limitation is at the level of the car. Most Tesla vehicles today won’t be able to handle half that power, and that’s when they’ll be almost entirely depleted. This could indicate where Tesla plans to go with its electric vehicles in the near future.
Also, we don’t know if Tesla is splitting that power – although that strategy is something the automaker has previously moved away from with the Supercharger v3.
The combination of a longer cable design with higher output makes this update significant.
But the higher power output is not that important at the moment, since the limitation is still on the vehicle side and will probably remain so for some time.
I think it’s not as big an update as v2 to v3, but it’s still a nice one.
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