Gen 2 Superchargers?

Gen 2 Superchargers?

I was reading this article and found this part interesting:
they were installing two new superchargers to bring the total to four. One electrician described them as "gen 2" chargers and, in fact, the towers were taller

Probably part of the upcoming announcement from Elon Musk.

What do you think? Faster?

(Sorry if it was already posted in another thread)

ian | 2013年4月24日

Probably faster and with a longer cable.

Elon has talked about the fact that the SC can actually output 120Kwh.

Yes, has been discussed in numerous other threads. ;-)


stevenmaifert | 2013年4月24日

@Murphy2712 - I charged there today on the way back from Vegas. Same 90Kw, but the unit has a different setup for holding the cable. You have more cable to work with and the ModS charge port alignment with the Supercharger cable outlet is not as critical. I don't have a picture posting account, but if you want to drop me an email:, I will send you pictures of my ModS charging from the old and the new.

Brian H | 2013年4月24日

create a photo account/diary on any free site, from tinypic to Flickr, and you can reference and insert them here.

Murphy2712 | 2013年4月25日

Here comes the pictures:
(hoping the formatting will work...)

Barstow CA Supercharger:

Gen 1:

Gen 3a:

Gen 3b:

Brian H | 2013年4月25日

Well done.

Vawlkus | 2013年4月26日

Nice pics as well, gj

ian | 2013年4月27日

Notice they no longer say "90KW" on them. Can we speculate that means a bump up to 120KW is coming soon? ;-)

stevenmaifert | 2013年4月27日

Actually it does say 90KW on the narrow vertical red stripe in the last picture. It's sideways and reads "SUPERCHARGER / 90KW"

ian | 2013年4月29日

I'll have to take your word for it as I can't zoom in that close on the picture, too pixelated. Nevermind then. Still I hope that bump in power is in the future for the SC's.

Brian H | 2013年4月29日

In the second pic down, charger 1B shows "90 KW" clearly near the top.

stevenmaifert | 2013年4月29日

Or this one:

ian | 2013年4月29日

[sarcasm] Really Brian? I couldn't read that. Thanks. [/sarcasm]

Seriously though, that's the "old" supercharger, clearly labeled by the original poster as "Gen 1".

Brian H | 2013年4月29日


In the Share dropdown menu.

Brian H | 2013年4月29日

As an alternative to blowing up the red strip, and taking the OP's word for it. /sarcasm

ian | 2013年5月1日

Gotcha. Thanks, and my appologies for not understanding who you were directing that message too.

FLsportscarenth... | 2013年5月5日

Thanks for posting the photos... Only thing is, why no solar canopy? Barstow would be perfect for solar and would keep the cars cooler...

Brian H | 2013年5月6日

Find a Solar City forum and ask.

stevenmaifert | 2013年5月6日

@FLsportscarenth... - Barstow certainly gets plenty of sunshine and would seem to be an ideal place for a solar canopy. But, it is also very windy there on most days. Just speculation, but the structural reinforcement required to sustain the wind loading on an elevated solar array might have been more than Tesla/Solar City wanted to deal with.

FLsportscarenth... | 2013年5月7日


Then a wind generator mayhaps? Free clean energy from nature is great! And in this place makes a lot of sense (check out the solar insolence map... Barstow is great.

Brian H | 2013年5月7日

PV panels as vanes on a wind turbine? Dual input! :D

ghillair | 2013年5月8日


That could get real interesting! As the wind vanes turn to stay faced into the wind and the solar panels turn to stayed facing the sun, the whole thing might just screw it self into the ground. There is even an outside chance it will hit oil.

Brian H | 2013年5月8日

You just invented a whole new industry. Wind and solar-powered oil wells. The reverse of the current oil (-backstopped) wind and solar!

Hi_Tech | 2013年5月8日

ummmm... general questions about these chargers:
1. Where are the solar panels? :) (assuming other side of the lot, but how big are we talking about)
2. What kind of wiring/system is required to do 90/120kWh worth of charging? (just getting geeked out with thought of being able to do that potentially at homes, etc. in the future)

Brian H | 2013年5月8日

The solar panels might be in another location altogether. It's a network, not a site-based system.