Tesla Cybertruck Electric Ute is set to break fast-charging performance records, says Elon Musk

Tesla Cybertruck Electric Ute is set to break fast-charging performance records, says Elon Musk

Tesla is preparing to set new benchmarks for electric car charging performance, with claims of one megawatt for the new Cybertruck pickup and semi big rig – three times more than any electric car in Australia and twice the record overseas .

In the coming years Tesla Cybertruck Ute may be able to charge at higher power outputs than any other electric vehicle that can be driven with a standard car license, according to the company’s CEO, Elon Musk.

The announcement came today at an event in the US marking the first deliveries of Tesla’s new semi big rig prime mover, as Elon Musk revealed that the Cybertruck pickup truck will give the semi the ability to charge up to 1 battery fast Megawatt (1 MW) would correspond to ).

This peak charging power is three times higher than the 350 kW claimed by every other electric vehicle currently sold in Australia – at least those that can be driven with a car license – and double the 480 kW claimed by the latest electric cars from the Chinese Startups XPeng are claimed.

Tesla hasn’t confirmed how long the Cybertruck will take to charge — or disclosed the capacity of its battery pack.

Estimates are that some Cybertruck variants could come with battery packs in the 200kWh range – which, despite being twice the size of most of the commercially available 350kW-capable EVs, could allow it to go faster than charge other vehicles in its class.

An independent test by the respected US magazine car and driver On a GMC Hummer EV Ute — which has a 213 kWh battery pack and can take 350 kW — it could charge from 10 to 90 percent in an hour and 49 minutes, with up to 287 kW (or an average of 98 kW).

If the Tesla is able to sustain a high average charge rate – close to its 1MW maximum – it has the potential to significantly reduce that charge time.

The power systems in Tesla’s new semi-truck run at 1,000 volts — compared to 800 volts for the most advanced electric cars and SUVs in today’s showrooms — and its electric motors come from the Tesla Model S Plaid supersedan.

Dan Priestley, Tesla Semi’s chief engineering officer, told attendees and online viewers at the Semi’s delivery event “there’ll be a few more vehicles coming” with the 1000-volt system — but he didn’t specifically name the Cybertruck.

The record-breaking charging power is made possible by new “Mega Charger” stations – dubbed V4, compared to Tesla’s current “V3” supercharger stations that can deliver up to 250 kW.

Graphs shown at the semi-delivery event today show the cables use a new “immersion cooling technology” that is said to keep the cable’s thickness similar to Tesla’s current Superchargers, but pass far more power through them.

“You actually dip the conductor in the coolant, this water-based coolant that we have,” Tesla Semi Engineering Chief Dan Priestley said at the event.

“We then do really proper isolation monitoring on the backend to make sure it’s secure and delivering what it needs.

“This means that we can push a lot of electricity in a very, very small space. For those who have charged their cars with a V3 supercharger and the cable is nice and nimble, it’s the same here, but now we’re just pushing through a megawatt instead.”

Electric passenger cars currently capable of 350 kW include the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT twins, as well as cars based on the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP architecture – including the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60.

The Genesis Electrified G80 sedan and Electrified GV70 SUV are also capable of this – while a range of upcoming electric cars from Europe, China and South Korea claim to be capable of similar charging capabilities.

However, the world fast-charging power record is believed to be held by Chinese electric car startup XPeng, which unveiled a new 480kW charging station earlier this year.

As reported, the Tesla Cybertruck is scheduled to start production for the US in mid-2023, with production ramping up towards the end of the year. However, there is no news on Australian launch plans.

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Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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