One of the biggest downfalls with EVs currently is the fact that they can take anywhere from six to eight hours for a full charge. Tesla is looking to change that with its Model S ‘supercharger’, allowing its newest electric sedan to reach a full charge in just an hour.
The Tesla Model S, which began deliveries this week, is already looking bright with its 300 mile range and performance expected from a standard gasoline-powered sports car. It utilizes a 85 kw/h battery that is often seen in other EVs, and with a standard 240-volt system, will take a typical eight hours to reach a full charge. But the American automaker will be releasing a 440-volt fast-charger system that will allow its Model S to go from 0 to 100 percent in about an hour.
Unfortunately the fast charger isn’t intended for every day use, which is expected given that the batteries have a shelf life too. Ideally Tesla hopes that it’ll only be utilized for emergency situations and hopes to have stations placed in high-traffic areas within the next year.