Even the Teslas will only be able to use 50 kW via the Chademo adaptor. It remains to be seen if the EU spec Model 3 will charge at 120 kW using CCS.I love that the North East wants to be first in this new technology, but I'm really concerned by this investment. £4m to create two charging stations, that each can fill up 6 cars at 175kW or 350kW all sounds great as a headline.
But (and bear in mind I'm new to EV's) I don't think there are any cars that can be charged at this rate? The closest currently available seems to be the Audi E Tron @ £68k and 150kW and the Tesla's at 120kW.
Is this likely to be a white elephant, or are there loads of 350kW cars in the pipeline?
The reality of driving an EV in Newcastle is that a lot of the Charge Your Car public charging points seem to be broken, and have been broken for months. I hope that some of the £4m can be spent repairing the infra that currently exists and supports cars that are currently available and affordable in the North East.