Tesla Launch the One-Hour Supercharger for Model S image

Tesla plans to launch a new 440-volt fast-charging system for the Model S that will make the car’s battery full in only an hour.

It hasn’t been long since the 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan went on sale and it’s already attracting many customers. The car is powered by an 85 kWh battery and reaches a 300-mile driving range. The current 240-volt charging systems top up the battery of the Model S in about 8 hours.

With the new 440-volt fast-charging system called ‘Supercharger’, Tesla plans to reduce this time to an hour. The system will hit the market in about a year. The company added that the Supercharger is not for daily use, but to refuel quickly on road trips. Initially the Superchargers will be located along high-traffic corridors, such as the I-5 running between Los Angeles and San Francisco and maybe an important route on the East Coast.

The Model S sedan with the 85 kWh battery and the future ones with 60 kWh batteries have been designed to use the Supercharger. Tesla already made a very good impression with its efficient, and attractive 2012 Model S. Bringing this new fast-charging system the company will definitely lift the bar higher.

  • ramon

    I will believe that when I see it. Tesla has only released misleading 30 minutes for a half recharge time. That second half is the killer. Figure more like 2 hours for a full recharge.
    And even that requires the use of Tesla's own supercharger network. All other chargers
    available will be much slower.
    And why hasn't the exorbitant cost of that 300 mile battery pack been reported? It costs $44,000 and will lose range steadily. Figure it will have shrunk to around 240 miles by year 6 and for the battery to require replacement by 8 or 9 years. Resale value?

  • Ferrous Patella

    Does anyone else smell astroturf