Tesla launches Supercharger V3 with '1000mi/hr' charge rate

Tesla launches Supercharger V3 with '1000mi/hr' charge rate

Troy Powers
March 8, 2019

This week, Tesla is rolling out the third generation of its Supercharger and with it the promise of recharging its electric vehicles significantly faster.

Tesla will roll out the first of these updated Superchargers in Fremont, California, but it'll only be available to those in its early access program.

While much of the enabling technology for this comes from the new cable design and a 1 megawatt Supercharger power cabinet, Tesla is updating the Model 3 as well to optimize itself pre-charge. 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. 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. Boiling that down to real-world rates, the new chargers will push 75 miles of range into a vehicle in just 5 minutes. This superfast charging will reduce the wait for a full recharge of a auto by a 50-per cent; this is a huge time saver for people on the long inter-state drive. It's called the V3 Supercharger, and it can support up to 250kW per vehicle, from a cabinet that's rated at 1MW. "This combination of higher peak power and dedicated vehicle power allocation across the site enables you to charge in half the time", Tesla wrote. Tesla says that preconditioning the battery on the way to the Supercharging station will reduce the average charge time by 25%. 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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As Tesla's newest vehicle, the Model 3 is already created to suck in juice from the more powerful V3 Superchargers.

The first beta V3 Supercharger location is now open in the Bay Area, and Tesla says it will break ground on the first proper North American V3 Supercharger location next month, ramping up later this year.