Tesla launches its V3 Superchargers to storm city centers – Les Numériques

The cornerstone of useful electric urban mobility, the charging station is still too scarce a commodity. Tesla has therefore just installed its first V3 Supercharger in Berlin. Other European cities are expected to follow.

One of the factors behind Tesla's success, besides its electric cars, is its network of Superchargers deployed around the world. 17,467 “pumps” are thus distributed over 1,971 stations. The strategy for setting up the latter is simple: favor long-distance links and therefore install stations on the motorways at regular intervals, or at least close by for France.

But now Tesla is reviewing its deployment. The American has decided to invade downtown areas with its V3 Superchargers. According to Jeroen van Tilburg, Head of Charging Infrastructure Europe at Tesla, “As part of our commitment to make buying a Tesla easy and convenient for everyone, including those who do not have immediate access to charging at home or in the workplace, we are expanding our network overload in city centers ”.

Walk the talk, the first urban V3 Supercharger (250 kW) was inaugurated with great fanfare in the presence of Peter Altmaier, the German Minister of the Economy. This V3 Supercharger – a Model 3 recovers 120 km of range in 30 minutes – is located on the EUREF campus, near the famous Schöneberg gasometer tower. A Tesla official said a second or more Supercharger will be launched in Berlin by the end of the year.

Old Tesla will be updated in order to be able to use these Superchargers.

While no deployment schedule has been made public, Berlin will be followed by other European capitals and major cities. We can easily imagine that Paris will be served, as well as Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux. For the national territory, one question remains: Will Tesla open one of its charging stations to electric vehicles from other manufacturers, as provided by law?

These new Superchargers will not be too much after the appearance of the next Model 3 and Model Y produced in the Gigafactory 4 in Berlin.

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