And while Tesla has been hiding behind its belief that it still has a superior product, BMW and Porsche have been working the background, beating the company to the punch on all things charging.
Both auto makers just unveiled a charging station that can give electric vehicles enough power to drive about 62 miles on less than three minutes' charge, putting them both ahead of Tesla. The prototype charger is said to have a capacity of 450 kW, which is more than triple Tesla's Superchargers. Vehicles that were tested at this power were brought to 80% capacity in 15 minutes. According to Tesla's website, it needs about 30 minutes for a similar charge.
Porsche and BMW worked together in order to develop this charger. They were also helped along by Siemens and charging experts Allego GmbH and Phoenix Contact E-Mobility GmbH. The first station in Bavaria was opened to the public this week. BMW told Bloomberg that it is free to use for existing models.