Tesla's new Supercharger V3 cuts charge times in half

Posted March 08, 2019

When drivers navigate to a Supercharger, the vehicle will begin to warm the battery to an optimal level, thus resulting in less time spent charging. Using a Model 3 Long Range as an example, the vehicle can gain 75 miles of range in just five minutes, with a per-hour charge rate of up to 1,000 miles (were the auto able to hold such a charge). The new system it calls V3 Supercharging will enable fastest charging on the market, according to Tesla.

V3 is a completely new architecture for Supercharging. But times change, and companies like ElectrifyAmerica and ChargePoint are rolling out new DC Fast chargers for these standards that are capable of recharging a vehicle at much higher power-350kW in the case of ElectrifyAmerica and 500kW in the case of ChargePoint.

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In more practical terms, Tesla says this will add up to 75 miles of range in just 5 minutes, more than enough for an average day's commuting in less time than it would take you to run in and use the restroom.

Unveiled on Wednesday, the carmaker said in a blog post that the new V3 Supercharger will boast charging rates of up to 250 kW. Tesla says the Model S and X charging speeds will be "increased" via software updates in the coming months, though it is unclear if the S and X will support the full 250kW charge rate. 145 kW is the charging rate of a current shared pair of Tesla's Superchargers, so the fix seems to be a simple software unlocking of the max speed of a single vehicle charging on a shared pair.

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Tesla rolled out the first of the next-generation V3 Supercharger tonight in Fremont, California, at an exclusive event for an exclusive subset of Model 3 owners in Tesla's Early Access Program. This means owners won't have to experience a slower charge time when sharing with a neighbor. More will become available in this year's second and third quarter, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions following by the end of the year.

Rather than be left behind, Tesla got busy developing its own solution.

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