Tesla’s new charging network will halve waiting times

Ann Santiago
March 8, 2019

Thanks to the V3 Supercharger and other technical improvements, Tesla expects "the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes". Every time you travel to a Supercharger location your Tesla will register that and intelligently warm up the battery to the optimal temperature to accept a charge when you arrive.

Tesla says that only the Model 3 will be updated to support the maximum charge rate of 250 kW, at least for now.

Tesla plans to be able to recharge twice as many cars each day by the end of 2019.

Giving some examples of the faster charging speed, Tesla says that a Model 3 Long Range "operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour". Tesla says this will reduce average charging times by 25%.

V3 Supercharging is based on a new 1MW power cabinet, which supports peak rates of up to 250kW per vehicle, up from earlier 120kW.

The company advertises the rate as "1,000 miles per hour", meaning it is capable of adding 1,000 miles of range in just one hour.

In the coming weeks, over 12,000 existing V2 Superchargers will get 145kW charge rates, up from 120kW. It will be initially available only to Model 3 owners, with Tesla planning software upgrades for the Model S and Model X in order to increase their charging rates as well. Design-wise, V3 Superchargers look the same as V2, but come with a thicker charging cable. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging.

On Wednesday night, Tesla announced that it has developed a new, faster Supercharger for its electric vehicles. After rolling out in North America, the technology will reach Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in the fourth quarter, the company said. This is most likely to protect your battery, according to @tesla_raj, who stopped by Tesla's unveiling event tonight in Fremont, California.

Tesla shared news of the next-generation V3 Superchargers in a rare official blog post and the über quick video below.

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