New Tesla Supercharger design offers much longer cables and easier charging bay parking
Tesla has a new Supercharger station design in store for electric car owners and the first stalls will become operational as soon as this month. Tesla has been installing the pilot next-gen Supercharger station near an Amsterdam highway and the stalls have now been revealed in all their tall and slim glory.
These might not be the long-awaited V4 Superchargers that will offer at least 350kW of charging power for a Tesla NACS system that can support up to 1MW delivery just yet. They are, however, a design upgrade to the current Supercharger stalls that have a fairly short cable placed within the confines of the interior arc.
The new Superchargers resemble the tall and narrow ones of the Tesla Semi truck and run the cable along the outside of the stall. This way Tesla is able to offer a much larger charging cable that will do way with the potential for diagonal parking that topping up EVs from other brands sometimes comes down to.
While Teslas can deal with a relatively short cable, as Superchargers have been designed to service its charging port on the rear, non-Tesla electric cars can have their ports all over the place. In Europe, where Tesla uses the Common Charging Standard instead of its NACS connector, it specifically warns drivers of non-Tesla vehicles that use its network to avoid diagonal parking and occupying more than a single bay.
The new Supercharger design with the longer cable and the central bay placement of the stall, however, will help fulfil those parking instructions in earnest. In the US, Tesla recently revealed its solution for charging non-Tesla cars with Magic Docks that offer a CCS adapter. The Superchargers with CCS support, however, are of the current design and many a non-Tesla EV driver attest that parking placement can still be a challenge, depending on the electric vehicle model they have.