Barely announced, Tesla’s first fourth-generation charging stations, the V4 Superchargers, have already been spotted being built in the Netherlands. This is what we know so far.
Tesla announced at its Investor Day last week that installations of the first V4 Superchargers had begun in Europe and that among other developments would be a longer charging cable to make it easier to charge electric models from other countries. brands. The reason is simple, that of the V1 to V3 Superchargers is perfectly sized to optimally supply Elon Musk’s brand cars whose charging socket is located on the side at the level of the left rear light, but is sometimes too short to satisfy the alternative positioning of models from other manufacturers.
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It only took a few days for the first site to benefit from it to be spotted being built in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, notably by the excellent youtuber specialized in electromobility and aptly named electricfelix. It should open in the second quarter of 2023 and offer up to 16 terminals. Some of them were already installed, completely or partially, and they are considerably taller than the V3s.
They seem to totally resemble the first sketches that we had already seen in the middle of last year and those intended for the Semi, Tesla’s electric truck.
Rollout of V4 Supercharger stations with stalls that have longer cables were announced today btw. They’re being built now in Europe, with North America soon to follow. Looks like Tesla was just proving that Magic Dock works before rolling out their next-gen chargers. pic.twitter.com/LeLQSHDq22
— Wayne Lewis | (@WayneLewy_) March 1, 2023
No other site with V4 Superchargers currently seems to be under construction and everything suggests that the one in Harderwijk is the first in Europe.
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Technical level, we do not know definitively if the V4 models will deliver a maximum power higher than the V3 versions. The new infrastructure might be able to boost the voltage up to 1000V, but, according to a photo published by Esther Kokkelmans, we would remain at identical figures of 250 kW and 500 V.
Pictures of the first V4 supercharger in The Netherlands today! This will be the first one to open globally Cannot wait! Thanks @Tesla for being so quick! Tesla drivers and friends pic.twitter.com/QYv9vQshb3
— Esther Kokkelmans (@EstherKokkelman) March 4, 2023
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Tesla Superchargers V4: why Europe first?
It may seem surprising at first sight that the Old Continent is favored for the first installations, but it is in fact logical: it was in Europe that Tesla Superchargers were first opened to electric cars from other brands until to reach today more than half of the park, while, in the United States, we are still in its infancy, with only ten sites. Here again, this is explained because the Teslas sold in Europe are equipped as standard with a Combo CCS socket with Superchargers adapted accordingly, whereas, on the other side of the Atlantic, the first and the second receive the Elon Musk’s proprietary format, which requires the prior introduction of an adapter called Magic Dock on the terminal side.
Source : InsideEVs