Results of Tesla Model S Plaid fast charging study are quite amazing
The results of a new analytical study of the recently-launched Tesla Model S Plaid electric car’s fast charging are quite amazing and encouraging. Motortrend tested one of the first rolled out Plaid EVs at a V3 Supercharging station (250 kW). According to the American automobile magazine, the test was conducted after preconditioning the EV’s battery pack and at a temperature of 71°F (21°C).
The analysts found that the charging curve looked really good while charging from 5 per cent state-of-charge (SOC) to 95 per cent SOC. After some time, power output quickly increased to the maximum of 250 kW at around 10 per cent SOC, where it stayed up to roughly 30 per cent SOC. After 30 per cent SOC, the power output started smoothly coming down, falling to 50 kW at around 87 per cent SOC.
The peak charging rate was apparently limited by the charging station, and not by the EV. It was also found that the EV’s battery pack was willing to accept more power, at least for a short time period.
In terms of time consumption, the battery pack took 52 minutes from 5 per cent to 95 per cent SOC. The estimated time from 20 per cent to 80 per cent SOC was recorded at just around 27 minutes, while 10 per cent to 80 per cent SOC required 29 minutes.
According to Tesla’s claims, just 15 minutes are enough to replenish the Plaid’s battery pack for a range of 187 miles (roughly 301 km). According to available data, around 100 miles of range can be covered with recharging time of just 7 minutes (10-40 per cent SOC).
The average power, in the very crucial range from 20 per cent to 80 per cent SOC, is 130 kW. It is roughly 52 per cent of the peak value. That is probably the highest value seen so far in a Tesla EV.
The brand new Tesla Model S Plaid is thus expected to offer the best charging curve of any other EV produced by the Palo Alto, California-based manufacturer.
The Model S Plaid offers 0-60 mph acceleration in merely 1.99 seconds while promising a range of 390 miles (628 km). The three-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) electric car’s top speed has been pegged at 200 mph (322 km), of course when it is equipped with the proper wheels and tires.
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