2012 Tesla Model S Might Get One Hour Recharging Next Year
|   Saturday, July 14, 2012
So far, only a handful of 2012 Tesla Model S have been sold, with the company anticipating 500 more to be sold by the end of the year. Given those facts we can easily expect that attention will turn to the car's range, as it will be experienced in the real world.

Right now, this high end model is rated at about 265 miles travelled on electricity. More modest versions will be produced before the year is over, according to Tesla. How good they will fare on the market as far as consumer trust is involved remains to be seen once owners will voice their experiences.


It should be noted that all those electric miles come at a cost. The 85 kilowatt-hour battery needs about 12 hours to recharge on a conventional 240 V Level 2 charging station; and that is the optimistic evaluation. On the other hand, Tesla has a piece of good news meant to sweeten the deal.

The automaker will offer various Model S trim levels with one or maybe two 10 kilowatt onboard chargers. This means that the car can charge 3 times as fast as a Ford Focus Electric or any other plug-in EV with a 6.6 kilowatt charger for that matter. Tesla has likewise designed its own special charging connector for the Model S, even if the vehicle also comes equipped with an adapter cord which allows owners to recharge at public charging. The Tesla connector is made to handle up to 20 kW of Level 2 alternating current as well as 90 kW of level 3 DC quick-charging; this happens through the same plug.

For extended trips over 200 miles, the plan is to bring in the Tesla SuperCharger, the company's very own quick-charging station. If Tesla's chief technology officer J.B. Straubel speaks the truth, the SuperCharger will operate at 90 kW and 440 Volts, meaning that even the highest end Model S will be able to restock on juice in close to an hour. He told the folks at Automotive News that this piece of tech will hit the stands sometime next year.

Last autumn, the automaker stated that it planned to have its first network of SuperCharger stations ready between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The main reason standing behind that goal is simple: Tesla believes many of its customers would want to travel down that route in their newly bought electric cars. Even so, they think that few owners will ever use the network.

"Very few people will ever charge outside of their home. With even the smallest battery pack providing a 160 mile range most owners won't need to use a public charging station." This comes from a Tesla engineer who was present at the Model S' beta press event last fall. Considering the range the Model S is capable of traveling in one go, he might be right.
However, it is also true that many will want to push their cars to the limits, and when that happens those SuperChargers will come in handy.
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