Tesla's New V3 Superchargers Add Up to 1600 km Per Hour

Mar 08, 2019, 00:50
Tesla's New V3 Superchargers Add Up to 1600 km Per Hour

On the most efficient vehicles, like a Model 3 Long Range, Tesla expects they'll get 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes, and add range at a rate of 1,000 miles per hour.

Tesla explains "we anticipate the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes".

Employing a completely new architecture, the V3 system centers around a 1MW power cabinet that can support peak charge rates of up to 250kW per auto.

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That's not all, Tesla, in a bid to further decrease the average time spent on charging station, will release a software update with "On-Route Battery Warmup" feature to its cars.

"This combination of higher peak power with V3, dedicated vehicle power allocation across Supercharger sites, and On-Route Battery Warmup enables customers to charge in half the time and Tesla to serve more than twice the number of customers per hour", the company said.

Supercharging V3 isn't as quick as CEO Elon Musk suggested when he called the 350 kw peak of CCS charging at the time "a children's toy". This, Tesla says, will reduce average charging times by 25 percent. And initially only the Model 3 will be able to handle the peak rate but a software update coming down the line will make it possible for the Model S and X as well.

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The first public beta site for the new V3 Supercharger is in Bay Area, with Tesla making it incrementally accessible to owners registered in its Early Access Program. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging. Although the Tesla blog post says the technology will start rolling out in the fourth quarter of 2019 throughout Asia Pacific, specific Australian timing hasn't been confirmed. The next-generation charging station looks identical to the company's existing Supercharger V2 stations, save for thinner, liquid-cooled cables on the newer units.

Tesla says that it has 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia-and that 99 percent of the USA population is covered by the charging network.

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