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Tesla Updating its Supercharging Stations to Limit the SoC to 80%

Few supercharger stations have been reported to get very busy during holidays, causing long wait times

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA
Electric vehicle-maker Tesla is updating some of its supercharger stations to limit the top state of charge (SoC) to 80 per cent at busy stations to reduce wait times.
“The limit will be enforced at 8 per cent of the stations 24/7, while the rest will be affected by the limitation at peak hours. Tesla says owners that stop by at an affected station will receive a notification,” the Engadget reported on Saturday.
The EV-maker claimed the new feature, combined with other recent updates to its supercharger network, may cause a 34 per cent improvement in throughput at the charging stations.
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A sales staff chats with a customer at a Tesla store near a poster announcing orders of the Model 3 electric cars in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA
“When combined with the recently-released On-Route Battery Warmup feature and V2 supercharger upgrades (to 150 kW), we expect 80 per cent SoC limit enforcement to result in a 34 per cent improvement in throughput at our busiest supercharging locations — creating a better, more efficient supercharging experience for owners,” the Electrek quoted the company as saying.
Few supercharger stations have been reported to get very busy during holidays, causing long wait times. (IANS)

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Here’s How a Small Metal Ball Costs Elon Musk a Whooping $768 mn

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a "tug of war" between F-150 and the Cybertruck

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk net worth on Saturday reportedly plummeted 6 percent, bringing his personal net worth down by $768 million in a single day after a metal ball crashed down the unbreakable glass of his long-awaited Cybertruck during its launch event.

At the Tesla Cybertruck unveiling, Musk asked the company’s lead designer, Franz von Holzhausen, to demonstrate the strength of the “Armor Glass” by throwing a solid metal, baseball-sized ball at the window, but surprisingly the glass broke when the ball was over-armed into it, independent.co.uk reported.

“We threw wrenches, we threw everything, we even literally threw a kitchen sink at the glass, and it didn’t break. For a little weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why,” Musk said on Thursday.

He then joked, “We’ll fix it in post.”

Interestingly, the video went private on Tesla’s YouTube channel about 30 seconds after the live stream was over.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cyber truck at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. VOA

Starting at $39,900, Cybertruck is inspired by “Lotus Esprit S1” from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”.

The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range, respectively.

According to research firm IHS Markit, the Ford F-150 has been the top-selling pickup truck in the US for more than 40 years, followed by GM’s Chevrolet Silverado.

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Pickup trucks are currently the fastest-growing segment in the US.

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a “tug of war” between F-150 and the Cybertruck. (IANS)