There is also a program that allows other charge point vendors to locate their chargers with superchargers, @Kevin Sharpe was telling me a while back he was discussing putting zero carbon world chargers at SC sites as part of this program.Superchargers are built and paid for by Tesla (including all the electricity - they're free to use for life).
Currently the only car that can use them is the Tesla Model S but Tesla have said that if any other EV manufacturer wants to join the network they're welcome to do so, as long as they build cars that have sufficient capacity to use them, and use the same free-for-life model.
(of course when I say "free" what I mean is that the purchase price of the car includes a fee - rumoured to be around $2000 - covering lifetime use of the supercharger network).
Yes, they're paid for in the purchase price of an S85 or an optional chargeable upgrade on an S60. They kick out up to 130kw, so would be far too powerful for the battery of any other EV on the market, and have a non-standard connector.So superchargers are tesla only?
They are Type-2 just wired differently, they must throttle based on the car plugged in because a 60 charges more slowly than an 85...Yes, they're paid for in the purchase price of an S85 or an optional chargeable upgrade on an S60. They kick out up to 130kw, so would be far too powerful for the battery of any other EV on the market, and have a non-standard connector.
Thanks for the clarification.The plug on a Supercharger is not a Type 2 plug. The socket on a Model S is not a Type 2 socket. They are both based on the Type 2 plug and socket, but they're not the same. The pins are longer and fatter, and the socket is deeper, to create a greater contact area and allow more current.
It's very cleverly designed so that the non-standard socket on the Model S can still accept a standard Type 2 plug. But you could not plug the supercharger cable into a standard Type 2 socket for example on another model of EV.
And you really wouldn't want to since the pinout is completely different and the 4 pins designated in the Type 2 standard to be for 3 phase AC are instead repurposed and used for very high current DC. Roughly 350V @ 350A.
And the signaling and authentication protocol between the car and charger look nothing like Type 2 signaling.
I agree, very well thought out, and I love the pragmatism!The Tesla connectors are a really elegant solution since they're basically backwards compatible with Type 2.
Rather makes a mockery of CCS where they added more pins to make a horribly bulky connector but still didn't get anywhere near the power level that the Tesla connectors can handle!
It would be amazing if other manufacturers would consider using it, but I won't be holding my breath...
When they could instead install OverChargeMaster points?It would be terrible short sighted if they installed just Superchargers there, I'd be mighty pee'd off if this is the case, to the point where I'll stop shopping at Sainsburys (this is my local branch too)