Tesla Model S Can Be Charged in an Hour

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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