20 Tesla Urban Superchargers Installed In Skokie, IL (Up To 120 kW?!) – Video

FEB 1 2018 BY MARK KANE 23

In January Tesla opened Supercharging station in Skokie, IL that consists of 20 Urban Supercharging stalls – one of the largest with the new sleeker stations designed for urban centers.

Tesla Urban Supercharger in Skokie, IL

We first saw the so-called Urban Superchargers five months ago, Tesla noted that each one could provide up to 72 kW of dedicated DC charging power (regardless of whether someone is charging in the next spot or not).

Tesla officially lists those station son the map at 72 kW (example Boston, MA – Allstate Road and Boylston Street, Boston), but in the case of Skokie, the power rating is 120 kW, like that of the regular highway Superchargers.

Skokie, IL Supercharger
Village Crossing
5507 Touhy Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
20 Superchargers, available 24/7, up to 120kW

Whether it’s small bug or if Tesla’s Urban Superchargers will be installed in higher power versions of 120 kW we’re not sure.

Tesla Urban Superchargers in Skokie, IL (source: prez kamacho)

Tesla Urban Superchargers in Skokie, IL (source: prez kamacho)

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23 Comments on "20 Tesla Urban Superchargers Installed In Skokie, IL (Up To 120 kW?!) – Video"

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Once again, Tesla shows how it is done while the laggard legacy American OEMs do almost nothing to speed the transition and much like support rolling back CAFE standards or joining the evil Stealership Associations in blocking Tesla stores/Service Centers.

GM would only install these…If they Were Diesel Powered, it seems!

Well disappointed that more M3’s weren’t sold in January but it already has claimed the number 1 spot for sales for the month. Hopefully every month of 2018 will see increased sales with over 200,000 for the year at least.

I’ll make this prediction now. Model 3 sale will never reach 200k this year. My guess is 100k at most.

Prediction for Nissan LEAF?
Prediction for GM Bolt?

100k this year means an increase of 1000 units per month, ending the year with 14.000 units in December. This gives a perspective of the challenge Tesla is facing.

Fairly sure it’s a setting error on the Tesla site. Charged here three times now and gotten about 1/2 speed of a standard SuC.

As far as the ‘so-called’ statement, the writer is just describing the new product. Only onion-skinned people would take offense at that. As far as the ‘slow’ charging, Tesla has already described these dispensers. They are limited to 200 amperes each, or 72 kw per car tops. They cannot charge a single car at a 120 kw rate, but any 2 cars they can charge at a combined 120.

Don’t see what is so hard to understand about that.

I’ve noticed the expression “so-called” show up in several articles lately. I’ve always associated this expression with derision or insult as in not believing the name to be appropriate or true. Anyone else feel this way? In any case it does nothing to make the article more clear.

While accurate it’s also associated with being derisive. Often called would be more neutral.

I agree that “so-called” usually carries the implication “but not really”. On the other hand, I don’t think that the author of this article, Mark Kane, intended it to be taken as a pejorative.

I suggest it would be better to describe them this way:

What Tesla calls its “Urban Superchargers”.

A 5 star review of Tesla Supercharger by Brandon S.:

Looks like the same type in riverside California


Why are these even Urban Superchargers? Judging by that picture, it certainly doesn’t look like an urban area. Maybe suburban at most.

Hmmm, yeah. If these Superchargers provide 120 kW of power, then that rather indicates they are regular Superchargers, but using the smaller “Urban Supercharger” casing.

Certainly seems to be blurring the line between regular Superchargers and Urban Superchargers. Tesla ought to clarify this.

Isn’t the difference between “urban chargers” and regular superchargers that the first are meant to be used by people who live nearby for around-town driving, while the second are meant for long distance travel? There are certainly plenty of current and potential Tesla owners living near this featured site in far north chicago, skokie/niles, evanston etc who already shop in the area and can conveniently add a charging pit stop. So I think that’s why they’re calling them urban. But most Tesla owners around here ought to have their own garages. I really think west loop, south loop and Lakevies are the no-brainer locations for this kind of thing in Chicago, where people with Tesla money don’t necessarily have garages.

When you see ‘URBAN’ think: Limited to 200 amperes to the car. Or 72 kw max. These cannot charge any one car faster as the originals could. Tesla just came out with a ‘cute’ name for the dispenser. It doesn’t mean they are violating any law if one should happen to be located in the stix.

All those stacked Transformers… Why? Never seen this kind of setup before.

HAHA! I get a kick out of all the 208 (slim chance its 240) to 277Y/480 air cooled transformers. Don’t see any utility transformers on site so this must be a Commonwealth Edison Network hookup.

The very first supercharger bays could be hooked up to any reasonable source of power, excepting Canada, which typically uses autotransformers much smaller than the full transformers here on the UniStrut.

Apparently Tesla has decided to only make one model period for the states so the juice has to be 277Y, and that is it, take it or leave it.

But you’d think they’d pretty it up a bit, since Skokie is a rather upscale area, and if left this way it would be considered a bit of an eye-sore. Lake Forest this is not.

I’d love to walk around the area and see where the utility transformers are. They can’t be TOO far away, as this job requires a 4,000 amp mains.

I see no reason to put the really high output Superchargers in shopping center parking lots. You probably want to spend more time their than one close to an Interstate exit, and who wants to run out and unplug and move the car in 20 minutes (before they start billing for blocking a Supercharger).


Crazy to say, but would be a pain to have to get out and unplug your car right in the middle of your shopping

Mark C: “…I see no reason to put the really high output Superchargers in shopping center parking lots.”

I guess Tesla can’t either – therefore these are ‘medium high output’ rather than ‘really high’ (limited to 200 amperes at the car).