The Tesla Model 3 is now the third-largest-selling car in California and is expected to overtake Toyota’s Camry and Corolla. But while sales are booming, tesla’s existing super charging piles are a tough test. As Steven M. Conroy filmed on Thanksgiving Day this year, Tesla owners often have to wait hours to power up their cars.
Steven M. Conroy uploaded the video, taken during the Thanksgiving holiday, near the Super Charge Pile in San Luis Obispo, California. The charging outlet can be seen in the video providing 14 charging piles, but there are long queues behind them, and owners may have to wait hours for their turn.
A semi-trailer carrying Tesla’s commercial energy storage battery and multiple fast-filling piles has been unveiled overseas. Judging by the exposure, the car or the officially-run mobile charging station for Tesla may have the ability to provide fast charging for eight Tesla models at the same time.
It is understood that the semi-trailer is equipped with the energy storage device is Tesla’s commercial energy storage battery Megapack, which was launched in July this year. Officials say its single storage capacity can reach 3MWh, so theoretically it could go from fully charged to full capacity for 30 Model S/Xs with 100kWh batteries.
Unfortunately, even this measure is not enough to meet demand, raising questions about whether Tesla’s Supercharger network is ready for explosive growth in the coming years. Tesla currently sells nearly 400,000 vehicles a year, but hopes to reach 1 million by 2022.