We Visit Tesla’s New Urban Supercharger – Images + Video
Tesla’s new Urban Superchargers work as advertised.
We set out to test the new Urban Superchargers in the Chicago area and were impressed by the design and power output.
Tesla recently announced that it’s rounding out its Supercharging network with the addition of new, sleeker stations designed for urban centers.
The more compact stations will be used mainly in densely populated areas. The first functional stations are already set-up in Chicago (10 units – see images) and Boston (8 units).
Charge splitting doesn’t come into play with the Urban Superchargers. Each unit puts out 72 kW to a plugged-in Tesla at all times. Per Tesla:
“To increase efficiency and support a high volume of cars, these Superchargers have a new architecture that delivers a rapid 72 kilowatts of dedicated power to each car.”
Charging times should be under 50 minutes for most Tesla owners.
“Tesla put up new “urban” style Superchargers in a few locations. First ones up are in Chicago & Boston. Because I live only 40 miles away from these new Superchargers in Chicago, I drove out there to check them out!”
“Tesla states these new ones hold a continuous 72 kW even while all of them are in use. This is very true! Plugged in at 1:45, left at 2:35. From 47 miles of range remaining, to 201.”