Tesla CEO Elon Musk just sent a cryptic tweet:
So the latest supercharger may make its predecessor a child’s toy?
That would be big. Because right now it takes 40 minutes to charge a Tesla half way.
Charging is the electric car’s Achilles Heel.
If Tesla could charge its battery at the same speed it takes to pump fuel, it’d be a game changer. The one reason Hybrids are still the number one electric car is that drivers want reliability.
If I take a road trip, I don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere unable to charge my car.
Right now, Tesla cars get 200-250 miles per charge. If it could recharge in say, ten minutes, get farther than 200 miles and there were reliable charging stations: I’d own a Tesla.
But right now, none of that is real. Not to say it isn’t possible. TechCrunch quotes Musk as saying his cars could reach up to 600 miles in a single charge within a year or so.
That, and a super-charging battery, could get more Teslas on the road.