Get this: the recharge time in the humongous Tesla Model S battery pack – yes, the 300-mile version – could be as short as an hour. That is, if you happen to have one of Tesla's Supercharger stations handy.

At the big Model S launch event Friday, Tesla chief technology officer J.B. Straubel told Automotive News that the upcoming 90-kW 440-volt Superchargers will be able to recharge a top-of-the-line, 300-mile-range car in an hour. Say what you want about proprietary technology, that's far, far faster than today's DC Fast Chargers, which take 20-30 minutes to give an EV around 80 miles of range. He said that, "If you recharge a Nissan Leaf in 30 minutes, it's much different than if you can do a 300-mile Model S in 30 minutes," adding that putting 150 miles of range into a Model S in a half-hour is "not science fiction," and will be unveiled "in less than one year."

Other numbers from Friday's event:
  • Tesla is building a Model S a day right now, but this could ramp up to 80/day by the end of the year. That equals 8,000 from the first year, given a single shift working.
  • At the end of Q1 2012, there were 9,800 reservations for the Model S, which means putting money down today equals a delivery in May 2013. This could be shortened if Tesla ramps production up quicker than anticipated.
  • There should be 22 Tesla stores in the U.S. by the end of the year (there are 12 today). Tesla had expected 1,000 people a month to stop in, but apparently around 4,000 stop by.
For more on Tesla's Supercharging network, read this and this.


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      Iam FFinder
      • 10 Hours Ago
      The crucial 2 questions are: WHERE and WHEN? Where are those 440-volt Superchargers will be installed for example in California? When are those 440-volt Superchargers will be fully operational? ff
      tbirdal
      • 10 Hours Ago
      "Get this: the recharge time in the humongous Tesla Model S battery pack – yes, the 300-mile version – could be as short as an hour. That is, if you happen to have one of Tesla's Supercharger stations handy." get this . i can fill up my 2001 town car in 5 miutes w/o Tesla's Supercharger station.
      Grendal
      • 10 Hours Ago
      What did we say? Let's list the possibilities: Oil Company Conspiracy Big Business Conspiracy Right Wing doesn't like us and removed the offending material The Liberals are using the comments to promote a socialist agenda Alien Conspiracy Government Loans!
      SNP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesnt sound that amazing...just distribute the charge across each battery pack in parallel. Separate that 90kW pack into 1000 block units. Then you can charge the hell out of it. Like charging 1000 cell phones... real fast...
        Anne
        • 10 Hours Ago
        @SNP
        With computers, parallel processing can speed up things considerably, but with batteries it doesn't work that way.
        Timo
        • 10 Hours Ago
        @SNP
        They do it parallel. It just is that when you divide current you _really_ divide it. Thousand batteries receive 1/1000 of the initial current each. 90kW put into 90kWh battery pack requires one hour of charging time (give or take couple of minutes).
      Anne
      • 10 Hours Ago
      Huh, where did all the comments go?