A special truck demands special chargers.
If you ever had any doubt that Tesla would actually follow through on its bizarre-looking, completely insane Cybertruck model, the latest news concerning the company ought to put that doubt to rest.
Tesla has just been granted permission to build a new batch of V3 Supercharger stalls in Pasadena, California, and it looks like as many as six of the stalls going in have been designed with the Tesla Cybertruck in mind. The truck is expected to use the same charge plug as the rest of Tesla's lineup, but because of its immense size, extra space between chargers will be necessary.
Teslarati was the first to report on the new Supercharger station approval, which was just granted earlier this week. The six Cybertruck stalls will be joined by at least nine additional V3 Superchargers intended for Tesla's other, more regularly sized EVs, expanding Tesla's somewhat limited charging network in the LA area. There will also be a number of charging stalls for non-Tesla vehicles.
The Tesla Cybertruck is set to be a rather large vehicle - more than 19 feet long and about 6 feet, eight inches wide. That's nearly a foot longer than the Ford F-150 Raptor and nearly as broad, and while previously it looked like Tesla was set to shrink the truck by about 3% overall, company CEO Elon Musk has since gone back on that.
Tesla's V3 Supercharging represents an all-new architecture, with a powerful 1 MW cabinet supporting peak rates up to 250 kW per car - so much juice that a Tesla Model 3 Long Range can recover up to 75 miles of range in just 5 minutes. That sort of flow rate will be all but essential with the Cybertruck, which is expected to have up to about 500 miles of range courtesy of a 200- to 250-kWh battery pack - bigger than any other production battery in EV history.
Let's put it this way: you wouldn't fill a swimming pool with a garden hose, would you?