Tesla's new V3 Supercharger can add 75 miles in 5 minutes

Jeannie Matthews
March 8, 2019

The first videos of Tesla's next-generation Supercharger V3 have been shared online, providing an initial glimpse at how the next-generation charging solution works, and the benefits it carries.

Tesla explains "we anticipate the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes". The new system it calls V3 Supercharging will enable fastest charging on the market, according to Tesla.

Also new in a firmware update (2019.7.11) for Model 3 owners is "Summon with Key Fob", which lets owners "move your Model 3 in and out of a parking space from outside the vehicle using a paired key fob". Tesla says this will reduce average charging times by 25%. Vehicles will soon be able to charge at a rate of 145 kW, an increase from the current 120 kW maximum charge rate vehicle can now draw from the grid. It's called the V3 Supercharger, and it can support up to 250kW per auto, from a cabinet that's rated at 1MW. 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 auto at much higher power-350kW in the case of ElectrifyAmerica and 500kW in the case of ChargePoint.

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V3 Supercharging is based on a new 1MW power cabinet, which supports peak rates of up to 250kW per auto, up from earlier 120kW.

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. Tesla specifically mentions this in 2019.7.11's release notes. Tesla will also unlock the 145kW charge rate for its 12,000 V2 Superchargers over the coming weeks. After rolling out in North America, the technology will reach Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in the fourth quarter, the company said. For existing Model S and X owners, Tesla says they will see "charging speeds [increase] via software updates in the coming months".

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