Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk never seemed bothered by the fact that big-name competition from brands like BMW and Porsche is starting to go mainstream. 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.