Equipment news Tesla will once again revolutionize electric vehicle charging with its next V4 superchargers.
Published on 15.09.2022 at 10:30
Half-announced by Elon Musk himself in June 2021, Tesla’s 4th generation superchargers are about to be rolled out in the United States with a number of new features that could once again disrupt electric vehicles for years to come.
V4 blowers: less bulky and more powerful terminals
If all the confirming information on Twitter is to be believed, the first next generation Tesla charging station equipped with V4 superchargers is expected to emerge from the ground in the coming months (probably early 2023) in Yuma County, Arizona, southwest of Phoenix.
Currently, the V2 and V3 blowers (which we also have in France) are capable of delivering up to 150kW and 250kW respectively. With V4 superchargers, we can legitimately expect that limit to be lowered to 300kW, even though Elon Musk has already mentioned 350kW superchargers, probably for the V5.
In addition to this expected power boost, the design could be completely changed with slightly higher terminals (about 1.90m high) but above all much thinner and without that famous empty space in the middle. The weight of the terminal will be almost equivalent (approximately 90 kg), and the length of the charging cable can increase from 193 cm currently on V3 terminals to 297 cm on V4.
As for the V4 design, it looks like Tesla will be using a different skin than the current V2 and V3 models.
While I have yet to define the new shape, I was able to find dimensions so that it can be compared to the current model. pic.twitter.com/QQhtDgHfCJ
— Marco (Supercharger 👑) (@MarcoRPTesla) July 9, 2022
But why such a long cable? The answer lies in the famous Tesla Semis, those big electric trucks capable of towing semi-trailers that could just revolutionize American and global trucking, as well as third-party vehicles like the Audi E-tron that don’t fit in today’s stations. .
Solar charging, the future of electric vehicles?
Another novelty that the new V4 Supercharger stations should be equipped with is the presence of a roof completely covered with solar panels, which could thus power stations equipped with huge lithium-ion batteries capable of storing up to 3 MWh.
A very interesting way for Tesla to save energy without having to buy it locally before reselling it to you. Not sure if the bill will drop for the end consumer…
The concept of the new Tesla station with solar panels (Source: Tesla Mag)
As mentioned above, all this should be deployed initially in the United States, and more precisely in Yuma County, where a station with an area of 4500 m², equipped with at least 40 terminals, can appear, according to the following diagram.
The World’s First V4 Supercharger Coming Soon to Yuma County, Arizona!
40 kiosks, as well as two 4,500-square-foot solar arrays and a Megapack, are planned in a new vacant lot at the Dateland Travel Center, right along Interstate 8 on the SD -> Tucson route. pic.twitter.com/Kbe5QyD20v
— Marco (Supercharger 👑) (@MarcoRPTesla) September 11, 2022
If in the coming months and years this type of station will flourish in the US, it seems much less obvious in France and Europe, except in the south of France, Spain, Portugal or Greece, where the sun does not shine. always perfect. However, in order to accommodate all types of electric vehicles, not just Teslas, all these changes and improvements were expected.
Tesla currently has about 35,000 charging stations around the world, including 1,500 in France, with plans to increase this number to 40,000 by 2023.