Discover How Rimac Nevera Outpaces Tesla Model S Plaid in the Charging Race

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Ever imagined a race where you’re not moving an inch? Welcome to the electrifying world of EVs, where the childhood thrill of top trumps meets cutting-edge technology. All it takes is a pair of electric vehicles and two identical DC fast chargers.

When it comes to electric cars, charging speed is the name of the game. It’s the make-or-break factor for a seamless long-distance road trip – the faster the charge, the quicker you’re back on the road.

Enter the spotlight-stealer, the Tesla Model S Plaid, capable of gulping down a whopping 250 kilowatts. That’s no small feat. According to the American EV maestro, their Superchargers can pack up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes, turning road trips into worry-free adventures.


Check out the peak charging rate, but here’s the catch—it’s only rocking between 10 and 30 percent battery. MotorTrend’s test spilled the beans two years ago. Once you cross the 30 percent mark, the power tap dance begins, cooling off to an average of 130 kW from 20 to 80 percent battery.

Now, enter the extravagant Rimac Nevera, making a grand entrance to prove EVs can juice up faster than the Model S. Hold your breath for the price tag—$2.2 million! In the opposite corner, the Model S Plaid is a budget-friendly option at $89,990.

Now, picture this: a faceoff at a European Ionity DC fast charging station. Mate Rimac, the big cheese at the Croatian company, shared the showdown on Facebook. Two heavyweights, the Nevera and the Plaid, facing off at a charging station boasting 350 kW power punches each. Check out the video for the full show!

Juicing up an electric vehicle can be a game of numbers, and the battle between the Tesla Model S and the Rimac Nevera is no exception. The Model S, with its battery hovering just above the 30% mark, sipped 159 kW from the charger. Meanwhile, the Nevera, comfortably chilling at 42%, guzzled an impressive 339 kW from the Ionity stall, leaving the sedan in the dust.

Rimac proudly boasts that the Nevera, fueled by a 730-volt system, can gulp down a whopping 500 kW, allowing it to hit 80% charge in a mere 19 minutes. On the flip side, the Model S, stuck in the 400V club, finds itself with a smaller cup for power, limiting its refill speed compared to an 800V powerhouse.

Messing with the formula mid-production isn’t a walk in the park, and truth be told, Tesla’s current charging speeds are no slouch. Factor in the reliability crown worn by the Supercharger network, and the argument for maintaining the status quo gains traction.

Tesla’s big boss, Elon Musk, weighed in on the voltage debate, highlighting that the U.S. voltage landscape, with its 110 and 220 volts, doesn’t scream urgency for an 800V overhaul. Musk acknowledged the incremental benefits but waved a caution flag on the hefty price tag. According to him, the switcheroo would only be financially sound with a massive shift in vehicle volume.

In a nutshell, the power play between the Model S and Nevera isn’t just about numbers; it’s a dance of volts, watts, and practicality. Tesla seems content with the groove it’s in, not swayed by the allure of 800 volts—at least for now.

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