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800 volt electric architecture: Tesla could take action
During a recent meeting organized as part of the publication of the 1st quarter results, the entire board of directors of the company and in particular the CEO, Elon Musk, were interviewed by many guests. Management was asked about the possibility of making a jump for an 800-volt electrical architecture.
If the market already has several models in which this type of architecture is implemented, such as the Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT, KIA EV6 or IONIQ 5, Tesla continues to develop its models today. of maximum 400 volts.
An option that is more closely linked to financial reasons and cost savings, as emphasized by the various regulators present.
In a variety of current models, especially in the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y, the manufacturer has banned the inclusion of this type of architecture because it would include a huge financial burden that would be shown little in the final architectural improvement. product ..
According to Andrew Baglino, vice president of energy engineering and electric train at Tesla, the benefits they and the customer could receive would be minimal as sales prices and production costs increase.
Tesla does not abandon the idea of equipping Semi and Cybertruck with an 800 volt system.
However Andrew Baglino agrees that the implementation of the 800 volt system will mean a reduction in the charging time of its models, and that it is a highly anticipated technology in the electric motor industry.
As a result, Tesla is not abandoning the idea of installing 800 volts in models like the Tesla Cybertruck or Tesla Semi, cars that are “big” to say the least, which will require a greater flow of energy to recharge. their batteries fast.
Elon Musk himself responded jointly with Andrew Baglino on the subject. From 400 to 800 volts would be costly for the company, especially in updating the car charging infrastructure, as well as installing the entire system on the car itself to work with high voltage levels.
Tesla would be willing to bear these costs for cars where it is most important, at the same time the most accessible models in the range will continue to have a 400-volt architecture.
800 volts: tomorrow’s architecture
With the exception of a few in the automotive market, almost all consumer electric vehicles currently have a charging architecture of around 400 volts. Only a few brands offer 800 volt cars, such as the Porsche, Hyundai, KIA and Audi.
Lucid is the only one that has delivered up to 900 volts due to its proprietary technology.
However, the trend should change in the coming years, the market may even be dominated by the 800 volt architecture in general, according to a recent copy from Automotive News.
Tesla is reportedly considering launching an 800-volt architecture on its two major electric vehicles due to arrive in the coming months: Tesla Semi and Tesla Cybertruck.