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Tesla Debuts Mobile Supercharger Stations Built On Moving Semi-Trailers At Coachella

In keeping with Tesla's status as the leader in the EV fast charging world, today, the EV maker has unveiled a brand new movable supercharger station at Coachella. Tesla's mobile Supercharger stations, built on semi-trailers, are self-contained units that include inverters, solar panels, lights, and a Tesla Megapack to power the vehicles.

Since its first rollout in 2012, Tesla's Supercharger network has revolutionized the electric vehicle (EV) industry. The first six Supercharger stations were constructed in secret, allowing Tesla's first production vehicle, the Model S, to travel long distances without worrying about running out of power. Tesla has since installed over 45,000 Supercharger stations worldwide, with the latest milestone being celebrated recently.

The Supercharger network is Tesla's biggest advantage over its EV competitors. While Tesla is able to use its own charging station, other EVs have to rely on public charging stations such as Electrify America.

Tesla’s supercharger stations significantly outnumber all other DC fast chargers combined in the US, however, besides Tesla’s numbers advantage, Superchargers have a higher station uptime, which means that they are more reliable and less likely to be out of service. Additionally, Tesla's Superchargers are faster, with the latest V3 & V4 Superchargers being able to charge at a rate of up to 250 kW, compared to the majority of Electrify America's stations which are capped at 150 kW.

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The Supercharger V4 is the latest addition to Tesla's Supercharger network. It has a new shape, with a more compact design that takes up less space. The V4 Supercharger has a capacity of up to 350 kW, which has 30% more capacity than the V3 Supercharger. The cable length has also been increased, making it easier to reach the charging port on the vehicle.

Tesla's Megacharger is another innovation that is set to change the game for EVs. With over 1000KW (1MW) charging capacity, the Megacharger is used to power the Tesla Semi and has the ability to charge the Semi up to 400 miles in just 30 minutes.

According to the Tesla Semi delivery event, the Cybertruck will also be able to utilize the Megacharger. Currently, there isn’t a lot of information known regarding the Cybertruck’s charing capabilities however, we know that the vehicle will have a 1000-volt architecture, which means that it will be able to charge at a very high speed.

With its ubiquity, station up time, ease of use, and high speed, Tesla’s supercharger station is already in a league of its own. However, before we are done heaping praise on Tesla for its superchargers, the company has today unveiled yet another breakthrough to aid in the fast charging experience of its customers.

Tesla for the first time has unveiled a mobile Supercharger station at Coachella, which is an annual music festival held in Indio, California. The festival attracts a large number of people, many of whom drive electric vehicles.

The mobile Supercharger station that Tesla brought to Coachella is a self-contained unit that includes inverters, solar panels, lights, and a Tesla Megapack to power the vehicles. The Megapack is a large battery storage system that can store up to 3.9 MWh of energy. If we assume that most vehicles will charge between 20 to 80 percent, which is around 50 kWh per vehicle, then a single Megapack 2XL will be able to charge close to 200 vehicles before needing to recharge. This is before adding the solar panels, which will provide additional power to the system.

The mobile Supercharger station is a significant development for Tesla, as it allows the company to expand its charging infrastructure quickly and easily. The station can be deployed in areas where permanent installations are not necessary, such as music festivals, sporting events, and other temporary locations.

Tesla's mobile Supercharger station is an innovative solution to the challenge of expanding EV charging infrastructure. The station is self-contained and equipped with Megapack and solar panels, providing fast and reliable charging to a large number of vehicles. As more people switch to electric vehicles, having a reliable and convenient charging network will be crucial, and Tesla is well-positioned to meet this demand.

In addition to the mobile Supercharger station, Tesla has also opened a new Supercharger station close to where Coachella is being held. This is a significant development for EV owners attending the festival, as it means that they can charge their vehicles quickly and easily, without having to worry about running out of power.

This is certainly a great development for Tesla’s stellar charging team. We will be sure to keep you posted as Tesla makes the charging process of its EVs even better. Until then make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest updates.

So what do you think? Excited to see a mobile supercharger station? Do you think Tesla should deploy more of these stations? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Image: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.


GHsCrunch (not verified)    April 18, 2023 - 1:23AM

Hope to see these pop up at sporting, etc., events & sites of proposed SC installations. Powered by MegaPacks?