Tesla V3 Supercharging: 250kW charge stations announced

Tesla V3 Supercharging: 250kW charge stations announced

According to a blog post, the Supercharger V3 can juice up a Tesla Model 3 Long Range with enough power to travel 75 miles in just five minutes at peak efficiency. Tesla estimates that V3's upgrades will reduce typical charging times to around 15 minutes.

Tesla has announced the latest generation of its 'Supercharging' fast-charge network, dubbed V3, with 250kW speeds bringing the brand closer to those promised by the European Ionity network.

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

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. Thanks to other improvements Tesla is also rolling out, including On-Route Battery Warmup, average charge times can be halved and the number of served customers doubled. "This combination of higher peak power and dedicated vehicle power allocation across the site enables you to charge in half the time", Tesla wrote. A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to our utility-scale products supports peak rates of up to 250kW per auto.

Tesla Supercharger cable- V3 vs. V2
Tesla Supercharger cable- V3 vs. V2

In the coming weeks, over 12,000 existing V2 Superchargers will get 145kW charge rates, up from 120kW.

For now, Tesla has opened the one public beta V3 Supercharger in Fremont, California. Tesla specifically mentions this in 2019.7.11's release notes. More stations will follow, with North American sites ramping up in Q2 and Q3 ahead of the launch in Europe and Asia-Pacific in Q4.

"Your Model 3 is now able to charge at V3 Superchargers at up to 250 kW peak rates".

Power is delivered to the vehicle via a new liquid-cooled cable design that Tesla claims is actually lighter and more flexible than the current air-cooled cable. "Press the front or rear trunk button on the key fob to move the auto foward and reverse respectively".

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