Tesla confirms that its supercharger is more powerful than previously thought

With the opening of its charging connector, Tesla confirmed that its supercharger is much more powerful than we previously thought.

Indicates up to 900 kW of total potential output.

Yesterday, Tesla surprised many by announcing that it was opening the EV charging connector in hopes of making it the new standard in North America.

Like the rest of the industry, we’re still digging through all the documentation Tesla has released about its charging connector to convince people to adopt it.

While we haven’t finished reviewing everything, one thing is clear based on the new documents: Tesla’s superchargers are capable of providing a much higher capacity than is currently available.

In the documentation, Tesla describes two versions of its charging technology that are capable of operating at 500V and 1000V, but are interoperable.

Tesla writes:

Two interfaces are shown below, the 500V configuration and the 1000V configuration. The two interfaces are mechanically interoperable (eg a 1000V input can mechanically receive a 500V conductor and a 500V input can receive a 1000V conductor).

Here are the two designs:

The ability to operate at 1,000 volts is new information that was not previously known about Tesla’s charging capacity other than regarding the upcoming Megawatt charging of the Tesla Semi Truck.

Moreover, Tesla indicated in the documentation that it was able to operate at over 900 amperes:

Tesla has successfully run the North American charging standard above 900A continuously with the vehicle’s non-liquid coolant inlet.

900A at 1,000V would indicate 900 kW of total output or more than 3 times the stated current capacity of Tesla’s recent Supercharger stations.

This would support Tesla’s statement in the blog post announcing that its charging standard is now called the “North American Shipping Standard (NACS)” as “twice the strength” of CCS:

With over ten years of use and 20 billion charging miles to its name, the Tesla charging connector is the most proven in North America, delivering AC charging and up to 1 megawatt of charging in one slim package. It has no moving parts, and is half the size and twice as strong as the Common Charging System (CCS) conductors.

It seems Tesla is not kidding about this claim. Now, it’s specifically about the charging connector, but Tesla wouldn’t have designed it to that capacity without also planning to make the remaining charging tech able to match it.

It indicates that Tesla is future-proofing its supercharging technology for much higher output.

Take Electric

This has some interesting implications. Tesla has yet to adopt 800-volt powertrain technology in its electric cars.

Other automakers have done this, but it appears that Tesla may have future-proofed its charging technology before attempting to make it a standard.

Therefore, it is possible that we will see Tesla finally switch to 800V for its upcoming new vehicles, such as the Cybertruck.

Either way, it looks like the Tesla charging connector isn’t the bottleneck for high charge output.

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