Tesla today unveiled their new, slightly smaller Urban Supercharger. Coming in at roughly half the power of the ~140 kW Superchargers, these are meant to be in urban cities, specifically for people living in units or apartments. This is quite different to the full blown Superchargers which are meant to enable long distance travel between cities / states.

Urban Supercharger

Rated at 72 kW, they can pack quite the punch and will provide an 80%+ charge in around 45-50 minutes. For people who don’t have access to home charging due to renting an apartment these are perfect. You can plug into one while you do the grocery shopping once a week and topping up becomes easy!

Supercharger stations in urban areas will be installed in convenient locations, including supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts, so it’s easy for customers to charge their car in the time it takes to grocery shop or run errands. – Tesla

Prices are the same for what is charged at regular Superchargers which is to say, cheaper than filling up with petrol. There are two new locations for these so far but Tesla has also updated their charging maps showing a huge new number of destinations.

Urban Supercharger

Source: tesla.com

It’s likely that they will be rolled out in the hundreds over the next year along with hundreds more Superchargers.

A Long Term Problem Solved

For years now a long standing problem has been what do people that don’t have control over their garage do? What if you don’t even have a garage or parking spot at night? How are you supposed to charge your car?

There has been some great ideas and pilot projects as of late to address this issue. However given the speed at which Tesla usually operates, they might quickly run over everyone else. One of the best implementations has been the Ubitricity light pole chargers.

These not only use existing light poles but neatly conceal most of the equipment too. Eventually it’s not hard to imagine most light posts, shopping centres and every other point where electricity already is having a charging point.

It’s not clear yet if Tesla is partnering with businesses like they do with their Destination Chargers. Are you renting or living in a place where you don’t have control over your home charging? Would a few of these new Urban Superchargers around your home convince you purchase a Tesla? Let us know in the comments below!

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