Tesla V3 Supercharging: 250kW charge stations announced

Tesla promises to halve charging time with V3 Supercharging

Tesla's new Superchargers add up to 1,000 miles per hour

Core to the new high-speed performance is a new liquid-cooled cable that translates to a more flexible and easier to use cable.

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

Tesla, which proclaims to build world's largest grid-connected batteries, has developed new technology to increase the speed of the auto charging and with V3 Supercharger stations, Tesla customers, particularly owning Model 3-series will now be able to power up their cars at the peak rates of up to 250kW, meaning just 5 minutes of charging will be enough for the Model 3 Long Range to drive 75 miles (or 120.7 KMs). A new feature is being added to vehicles called On-Route Battery Warmup.

Tesla promises to halve charging time with V3 Supercharging
Tesla's V3 Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

Tesla has launched its third-generation charging technology, known as Supercharger V3. 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. That's not the miles per hour you see on the speedometer, but the rate at which the auto will gain range when being fast-charged. Tesla says that preconditioning the battery on the way to the Supercharging station will reduce the average charge time by 25%. Tesla believes charging times using the V3 Supercharger will fall to around 15 minutes per vehicle, which at peak rates means 225 miles of charge is replenished. In comparison, Tesla's V2 Superchargers have peak rates of ~120 kW per vehicle.

As for older charging infrastructure, there are now over 12,000 V2 Superchargers, which will be unlocked for 145kW charge rates in the coming weeks. That's a meaningful improvement that will help relieve the increasing tension and lines at Superchargers around the world. Tesla will also unlock the 145kW charge rate for its 12,000 V2 Superchargers over the coming weeks. The company says that thousands of new Superchargers will come online in 2019; it doesn't stipulate that all of these will be V3 Superchargers, but it would be unlike Tesla not to deliver its most advanced version.

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