The Tesla Semi is sure to be a real game-changer when it finally hits the road, but at this point it’s anybody’s guess when that will be (we all know how Tesla hates to set deadlines it may not be able to meet).
A massive EV like the Semi is going to need a massive charging solution, and when Tesla unveiled the vehicle in 2017, it spoke of a network of Megachargers, a more powerful version of the Supercharger that could add 400 miles of range in 30 minutes, and that would deliver electricity at a guaranteed low rate. However, we’ve heard little about the Megacharger since.
In 2020, Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s President of Automotive and the point man for the Tesla Semi, said that the company was working with unidentified partners to develop a new high-powered charging standard. “We realized that the 350 kW or so that we are looking for cars is not going to be enough for Semi, so we’re looking for something much more powerful than that, that can achieve charging the Semi during a break…We’re working with other parties to make sure that there is a standard infrastructure that will be able to be deployed for all customers.”
Now Electrek reports that Tesla is constructing what appears to be a Megacharger at the site of Gigafactory Nevada, where the Tesla Semi is currently in pre-production.
The power level isn’t the only thing about the truck-charging facility that’s different than the Superchargers at your local Starbucks. Extra-large stalls allow Class 8 trucks with trailers to pull through.
BREAKING: Tesla Semi Megachargers currently being installed at Giga Nevada. pic.twitter.com/bWXlo0EVkT
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