Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the Model Y produced at the Gigafactory in Texas will be released with 4680 battery cells. In January 2021, the President of Panasonic indicated that the development of 4680 cells for Tesla is already underway. In the meantime, you can guess what advantages 4680 battery cells bring with them when charging.
Tesla 4680 batteries could mean price parity between electric vehicles and internal combustion engines expected by the middle of the decade. The 4680 batteries are said to have 5 times the energy density and 6 times the power of the current Tesla cell type at half the cost. With more and more Tesla Model Y being delivered from the Gigafactory in Texas, there are more reports of EV charging experiences.
Recently tested Tesla Model Y with 4680 batteries at Tesla charging station and was able to achieve promising results. Car was charged from 0 to 80% (SOC) in 32 minutes on a V3 supercharger (peak power 250kW) in Firebo, California. According to the vehicle, this amount of energy is 362 km.
Charging power drops fairly quickly and linearly over the first ten minutes or so. After that, the drop in performance slowed down or even stabilized and ended up at 80% SOC with over 50kW charging power.
For comparison, 32 minutes from 0 to 80% SOC is good, but no longer modern. An example of better charging performance would be E-GMP based EVs from Hyundai and KIA. Hyundai IONIQ 5 and KIA EV6 charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. However, Tesla suggests that further improvements are possible. Because software updates can be performed over the air to further optimize the charging curve.