What you need to know about Teslas first V4 Supercharger is solar panels and a huge battery

What you need to know about Teslas first V4 Supercharger is solar panels and a huge battery ...

Tesla''s Supercharger network is already one of the best electric vehicle charging networks around, and it is about to become a lot better. This is because it looks like the first V4 Supercharger will be shipped to Arizona (via @MarcoRPTesla (opens in new tab)), and plans suggest that it will provide more than just the possibility for faster charging.

The plots for the V4 Supercharger facility in Yuma County, Arizona, reveal some crucial details. One of them is that there will be 40 stalls, a Megapack for power storage, and two solar canopies, one covering 4,730 feet and another 4,250 feet.

The world''s first known V4 Supercharger is coming soon to Yuma County, Arizona!!40 stalls, two 4500 square foot solar arrays, and a Megapack are planned on a new vacant lot by the Dateland Travel Center, right along Interstate 8 on the SD -> Tucson route. pic.twitter.com/Kbe5QyD20vSeptember 11, 2022

The canopies will seemingly provide a shade to two blocks of chargers, which is exactly the type of setup youd need in a climate such as Arizona; the better the shade, the less A/C (and power) is needed to keep the cabin comfortable. This will give small savings on time and costs, because the car won''t require to pay quite as much energy as it otherwise.

Solar panels will be able to generate energy throughout the day, which will both aid motor vehicle owners and supply excess energy which can be stored in the Megapack batteries. Combined, the two will be able to alleviate the locations limitations on the electrical grid, and closer to Elon Musks'' plans to remove Superchargers whenever necessary.

Two solar canopies will be built on the main block of 24 chargers (excluding the pull-through), and another on the other 16. They will have Tesla logos on the side, a bit similar to those seen by Firebaugh and Baker. pic.twitter.com/iVhUHC6DQuSeptember 11, 2022

Even if Tesla installs 420-watt panels, which it has marketed to the public back in 2021 (opens in a new tab) then you''re considering 142.8 kW of production capacity. That''s a lot of power.

It''s worth noting that a single Tesla Megapack can handle enough power to charge 40 Tesla automobiles. This will be particularly useful during busy periods, and will once again assist prevent the facility from causing excessive demand on the local energy grid. Tesla is also capable to generate its own electric power with little overhead, with excess either stored or sold back to the grid.

It''s a surprise that solar-supplemented car chargers aren''t a more common sight. Heres hoping that Tesla will begin rolling out extra solar canopies at Supercharger locations, as it might encourage competitors to do the same.

The vacant lot is located on the southeast corner of the travel center property. The chargers themselves are within a short distance of the building. There are two ADA accessible booths as well as one designated pull-through stall for trailers. pic.twitter.com/uJwq1w5RQuSeptember 11, 2022

The charger''s location is a vacant lot next to the Dateland Travel Center (opens in a new tab) and covers the areas between Tucson and San Diego. In other words, it''s convenient for anyone traveling along this stretch of highway.

There is still a lot we don''t know about the V4 Superchargers. For starters, there has been no formal agreement on the charging speed that will be offered, and if there will be a significant increase over the 250 kW currently available at V3 Supercharging stations. Other charging networks are offering chargers up to 350 kW, but Tesla might be reluctant to respond at some point.

Delineatedly, it is unclear if the new charging stations will be equipped with support for non-Tesla charging, something Elon Musk previously promised. Musk never provided a timeline for when the event would happen in the United States, only that Superchargers would be equipped with equipment for the CCS charging standards.

The White House has announced that work on this will begin before the end of the year, although it is unclear whether the date refers to the deployment of non-Tesla Supercharging or the beginning of equipment manufacture. In either case, the development of a brand new Supercharger and a V4 would be a wasted opportunity if there weren''t at least some CCS capable chargers onsite.

It''s unclear when the Arizona V4 Supercharger will be used, let alone when people might be able to use it. However, this is still good news, because we all need better car chargers, and ways to ensure they won''t put too much stress on the electrical grid. Especially in areas where sunlight is available in abundance.