First Six Tesla Supercharger Stations Up And Runing in Norway; ~ 120 kW of Power

AUG 30 2013 BY MARK KANE 14

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Tesla Motors Supercharging Network in Europe Norway

Tesla Motors officially opened a set of six Supercharger stations in Norway. This is the first such installations in Europe.

The total number of Superchargers is 23 (on average of almost 4 per site) and, like in US, all have 120 kW of power and can recharge up to two cars at once splitting power between them (all together there are 46 charging spots). This means that the new inlet for Europe can do the same job as Tesla’s connector in North America.

Power level in Norway is slightly lower then 120 kW, about 110-115 kW according to Norsk Elbilforening, but the declared charging time on Tesla’s website stays at 20 minutes to replenish about 50% of capacity, so this drop in power is not making a noticeable difference.

Model S owners in Norway are now able to conveniently travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways throughout the country

“With locations in Lyngdal, Aurland, Dombås, Gol, Cinderella and Lillehammer, Norway’s most vital and commonly used roads and highways are covered by Tesla Superchargers. Model S customers can drive routes such as the E6 from Trondheim to Oslo, the E18 from Oslo to Kristiansand, the E39 from Kristiansand to Stavanger, and Highway7 from Oslo to Gol for free and with minimal stops. Approximately 90 percent of the Norwegian population lives within 320 km of a Supercharger station, and about 60 percent of the country’s total land mass is within the same distance of a station.”

“Tesla Superchargers represent the most advanced charging technology in the world, capable of charging Model S 20x faster than most common charging stations. Superchargers provide half a charge in about 20 minutes, delivering up to 120 kW DC (Direct Current) power directly to the Model S battery using special cables that bypass the onboard charging equipment. And because Superchargers are located where customers want to stop, near amenities like roadside diners, cafes and shopping centers, road trippers can stop for a quick meal while their Model S charges for free.”

Tesla promoted the new infrastructure with three Model S sedans that departed for Oslo this morning from locations in the north, west and south of Norway and traveled the major routes Trondheim-Dombås-Lillehammer-Oslo, Bergen-Aurland-Gol-Oslo and Stavanger-Lyngdal- Cinderella-Oslo:

“During their 500 km journeys, each car charged at two of the new Tesla Supercharger locations, where they were met by enthusiastic customers and local officials.”

Here are a couple of new videos from Norway:

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14 Comments on "First Six Tesla Supercharger Stations Up And Runing in Norway; ~ 120 kW of Power"

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I assume the reason for the decreased power is the 220 volts in Europe vs 265-277 in the States at the supercharger locations.

No. Standard in Europe is 380V three phase and 220 is just spliting one phase from service cable. I do not know really what is the reason. Probably superchargera are conected via high voltage network 10kV an norvegian standard ia lower than US average. Probably tesla do not wanted modify transformers and AC/DC converters.

Why do you say “NO”, when it is quite obvious you are not conversant with the subject. European Standard is 220Y/380 50hz, US standard is 277/480 60hz. I have been told by others that the individual charger modules making up the supercharger are connected to 277 in the US. I’m making the not unreasonable assumption they are hooked up to the 220-240 phase to earth voltage available with the standard european system. The superchargers do not run on 10 kv any more likely than my house runs on the 144 kv lines that run nearby it.

Why not connected to 3phase 400V?
There is no significant power difference here and your theory couldn’t explain why this is 115kW while the original Tesla superchargers in USA were much less power.

The chargers supposedly can’t take more than 277 nominal. Of course there is a power difference between 240 and 277. At a constant current the power difference is sqrt(3) / 2.

In your home do you run your light bulbs phase to ground (earth) or phase to phase? In my house they run phase to ground.

Most people are not in the habit of running things on more voltage than that to which they are designed.

Europe has 230 V since 20 year.

Keep in mind when I’m stating 220Y/380 I’m also saying 230Y/400 and 240Y/416. Power distribution world wide suffers from “System Excursion”, and can be any one of the three. Its rather like asking what is the precise water pressure at your house? You can give a range, but that’s the extent of it. Depends on whether you town has filled the central water tower recently, along with presure drop due to usage in the mains, etc.

i didn’t understand where you get split. I see only one cable in each “pocket”.

You have to admit, Tesla’s business model is helped immensely with these superchargers. It is great that they are willing to incur the costs to set these up now.

Exactly! Infrastructure sells EVs and this way Tesla is not dependent on third parties rolling out QCs haphazardly and without a proper business model (how do you make people pay for your service). Also what is rolled out has outputs that are too low for Model S needs and has charging protocols that don’t work with Tesla’s battery system.

The “free for life” slogan should save a lot of money in marketing expenses.

so amazing

It’s a great start but statistics like ” 90 percent of the Norwegian population lives within 320 km of a Supercharger station” are not going to cut it. For convenient use a pretty dense grid is necessary. How about this statistic: for convenient travel without range anxiety people should always be within 50 miles of the next Supercharge opportunity.

“for convenient travel without range anxiety people should always be within 50 miles of the next Supercharge opportunity.”
That would apply if you had a Leaf and CHAdeMO chargers. Not if you had a Tesla. Tesla’s existing spacing right now in the US is over 100 miles and that makes for comfortable driving even for people with 60kWh packs. Keep in mind the Tesla gets over 200 miles of EPA range even for the 60kWh pack.