The first ‘GOFAST’ fast-charging station, which has been marketed as ‘Supercharger for all’ in reference to Tesla’s proprietary charging network, opened in Airolo, Switzerland this week. As previously reported, the Swiss company behind the project, GOtthard FASTcharge, is planning over 150 of these fast-chargers at 100 locations by 2018.
Switzerland is getting a new fast-charging network worthy of the Tesla Supercharger: 150kW chargers at 100 sites
It’s arguable but generally accepted that Tesla’s main advantage over other electric vehicle manufacturers is its pain-free network of fast-charging stations: Tesla Superchargers. Combined with Tesla’s range, the Superchargers enable real long distance driving – something painful with level 2 charging or even low DC charging (~60 kW).
Several alternatives to Tesla’s proprietary charging system are available and promise to soon deliver up to 150 kW, which can charge most vehicles in about 30 to 45 minutes. The latest system is going to come online in Switzerland this summer and will operate over 150 chargers at 100 locations by 2018.