Can Tesla Superchargers get half-refill time down to 5 minutes?
When Tesla's Superchargers debuted last year, the company said those stations could recharge a Model S to 50-percent capacity in a half-hour. And in May, Tesla announced an upgrade that would cut that 50-percent charge time to 20 minutes, while detailing its national roll-out plan to increase Supercharger stations to 25 from the current 8 by the end of June (here's a map of that system). With solar panels and additional batteries strapped to a Supercharger, Straubel says Tesla's hoping to reduce that time further. That would mean being able to add 100 to 130 miles of range to a Model S (or any upcoming Tesla model) in five to ten minutes. It's not world peace, but for some people, it's awful close.
Meanwhile, last month, Tesla also showed off its battery-swapping technology (the video's below), which allows a battery to be changed out of the EV in as little as 90 seconds.
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