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Published on December 24th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan


Solar-Powered Tesla Superchargers With Extreme Power (#ElonTweets)

December 24th, 2016 by  

It must be a holiday — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is having fun on Twitter and teasing product updates.

One thing readers have been asking about for years is when exactly Tesla’s Supercharger network will be solar powered, and, similarly, how many Tesla Superchargers currently include solar panels.

Early on, Elon highlighted that Tesla Superchargers would largely allow for Tesla drivers to drive on sunlight, but you’d be hard pressed to find a solar-powered Supercharger today.

Naturally, with Tesla’s recent acquisition of SolarCity, the time seems to be ideal for a solar Supercharging update.

Seeing that Elon was having some fun on Twitter,  popped a question about this. Here’s Elon’s first response:

Hmm, what a tease! Supercharger V3? Apparently, these high-power chargers aim to go where no charger has gone before:

For some context, Tesla’s website currently puts Supercharging at 120 kW; normal EV “fast charging” for other brands is basically 50 kW; there’s a 350 kW CCS standard in place and a charging network somewhat in the works in Europe (but nothing really in the ground yet and no production cars that can charge at that rate); and the first 350 kW superfast charging station is under construction in the US as of 9 days ago (but it’s not clear what models could charge above 100 kW).

Lastly (for this tweetstorm), the question arises, does solar + storage = off-grid Superchargers? In some places, that could be the case:

Fun stuff.

Thanks to Elon for yet another fun tweetstorm! 😀

→ Related: 1st Non-Tesla High-Power EV Charging Station In USA!! Thanks, EVgo

This article has been slightly updated since publishing for clarity and extra context. 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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