Tesla will reveal its third generation of the Supercharger later this summer, CEO Elon Musk has revealed.
The current Supercharger charges at a capacity of 120kW and the next-gen version is likely to double this, given Musk’s previous comments.
While the second-gen Supercharger is currently the UK’s fastest, charge point provider Pod Point announced in February that 150kW chargers are on their way in the first half of the year.
Criticising the Ionity European charger network that's founded by BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group and has a charger capacity of up to 350kW, Musk said during Tesla’s first quarter earnings call that “it [a 350kW charger] doesn’t actually make a ton of sense, unless you’ve got a monster battery pack”. He had also previously mocked the 350kW capacity as "a children's toy" on Twitter. In the earnings call, Musk mooted an intended 200-250kW capacity for the third Supercharger.
The announcement comes as Tesla ramps up production of the Model 3 amid growing competition; the first Jaguar I-Pace examples will reach customers long before the first Model 3s will come to the UK. More in league with the Model 3’s approximate £40,000 starting price will be the Hyundai Kona Electric, a £36,000 small electric SUV with a range of around 300 miles on the NEDC test cycle.