In life, you face problems more often than not and the solution is mostly around hiding in plain sight. This is exactly what happened when the Tesla Supercharger network opened its door to non-Tesla EV drivers. There was always going to be a problem fitting different EVs at the charge station since cars from other brands had their charging ports on different parts of the body unlike Tesla vehicles but as per recent developments, Teslas 350kW V4 stations are the key to diagonal Supercharger parking of other EVs.
Tesla’s V4 charging stalls are going to be a blessing for Tesla and non-Tesla EVs. It is the next-gen supercharger that will be charging vehicles faster courtesy of its 350kW charging output.
Not only this but these charge stations will also have taller booths or stalls, their chargers will have longer cords enabling them to cover more distance and the pit stops will be bigger. All these things should help non-Tesla drivers especially since the charging ports on their vehicles are placed on various parts of the car’s body.
Tesla Magic Dock superchargers which charge EVs of other models are still on trial and so only a few superchargers stations so far support vehicles from other brands as of yet.
Another issue with Tesla superchargers is that their cables are short which is perfectly designed to cater to Tesla EVs and their uniform placement on the car models which is not the case with other EVs that don’t have a fixed spot.
The pilot for Tesla V4 stations is taking place in the Netherlands since Tesla stations in Europe have been open to drivers of EVs of other brands for a long time now and the Netherlands has the densest network of EV chargers in Europe.
Teslas 350kW V4 stations are the key to diagonal Supercharger parking of other EVs firstly because they will charge the vehicles at 350kW instead of 250kW which is going to be the standard going ahead.
On the other hand, though these stations might not be as tall as the ones for semi-truck charging they will still be much bigger than old Supercharger stations with longer cables and longer parking spots to offer to the users so that ergonomics of EV charging can be changed for the better.
These observations come from a 16-stall V4 Supercharger site that was spotted by Felix Harmer, a fast-charging enthusiast near a Netherlands highway. In comparison, the V4 stalls are bigger than the V3 stalls. Also, the 16 stalls will be supported by four Tesla power cabinets which means one cabinet takes care of four stalls.
Australia, whose Supercharger network has V2 and V3 stalls now might also get V4 stalls by the end of this year. Of the 56 Tesla Supercharger sites which have 301 stalls, 64.3% have V2 superchargers while the rest are V3. The first V4 stalls were expected to launch in Arizona last year but the update on current development remains unknown.
Source: Notebook Check