Tesla launches speedy Supercharger 3.0 and pledges to halve charging times

Tesla launches speedy Supercharger 3.0 and pledges to halve charging times

Tesla launches speedy Supercharger 3.0 and pledges to halve charging times

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.

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. When an owner navigates to a charging station, their vehicle will make sure the battery is raised to an optimal temperature when they arrive which Tesla says can reduce average charge times by 25 percent.

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. V3 Supercharging is coming to Europe towards the end of 2019.

V3 allows drivers to charge their vehicles at the full power their battery can handle. Tesla says it will also soon be "unlocking" the 145-kw potential that many of its existing V2 Superchargers have always been capable of. The first V3 Supercharger sites in Europe and Asia are due in the final quarter of the year.

The company plans to increase the charging speeds of Model S and X via software updates in the coming months. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging.

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Your Tesla when charging at a V3 Supercharger will indicate you're at a "high-usage Supercharger station" and note only a max battery charge of 80% is available.

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

For now, Tesla has opened the one public beta V3 Supercharger in Fremont, California.

Rather than be left behind, Tesla got busy developing its own solution. Unlike the current Superchargers, Tesla's new unit will not split the charging speed with the vehicle in the next stall, enabling owners to charge at the maximum rate their battery can take every time they plug in their vehicle.

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