Tesla says Model S can be recharged in just one hour

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 25, 2012

Deliveries of Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S sedan have started but what’s even more interesting is that the company is suggesting that this EV may soon be fully recharged in only one hour with a 90-kilowatt, 440-volt supercharging technology that will be introduced shortly. According to Tesla chief technology officer J.B. Straubel, this technology could recharge a 300-mile-range car in one hour.

Straubel said that there’s no comparison between recharging a Nissan Leaf and doing the same to a 300-mile Model S. Straubel added that he prefers to use "range per hour" as a recharging measurement. He asserts that being able to drive 150 miles from a recharging time of 30 minutes is achievable.

He also said that this technology would be presented in less than a year. Presently, Tesla is rolling out one Model S electric sedan (which is salable) each day at its factory due to quality control.

Company officials said that the plant will boost its output to 80 cars each day by the end of the year. Gilbert Passin, Tesla's head of manufacturing, said that what Tesla expects for its production rate by the end of 2012 would mean that a single shift could build 8,000 units a year.

Passin said that Tesla has produced 20 or more salable cars, including customer orders and dealerships demonstrator models. Passin said that every vehicle is subjected to a test by Tesla engineers to go 100 miles upon stepping off the assembly line.

According to George Blankenship, Tesla's vice president of retail experience, Tesla had received 9,800 reservations for the Model S sedan around the globe as of the end of the first quarter.

This represents an increase from around 8,000 at the end of December 2011. Blankenship said that its “first quarter was stronger than its fourth quarter [of 2011], which was stronger than our third quarter.”

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