- Tesla has started updated its Supercharging stations to incorporate faster-charging technology for its Model 3 vehicles.
- The V3 Supercharging network allows vehicles to peak at a 250kW charging rate reducing the time owners are at charging stations by 50%.
- The Model 3 can now charge 75 miles in 5 minutes and 180 miles in 15 minutes.
- The V3 Supercharging stations will receive a future software update to accommodate the Model X and S vehicles.
- The new On-Route Battery Warmup will make sure batteries reach optimal temperatures prior to arriving at Supercharging stations.
According to its website, Tesla’s Supercharger is the “world’s fastest charging network” for electric vehicles. With their “rapidly expanding Supercharger locations placed on well-traveled routes, Tesla can get you anywhere you want to go.”
However, some of the biggest complaints in regard to charging an electric vehicle are the time it takes to receive a full charge and the waiting length at some of the stations. But a recent Tesla update has given more information on how the next generation of Supercharging station plans to remedy these concerns.
Tesla’s New V3 Supercharging Network
Tesla’s Supercharger network boasts of having 1,533 Supercharger Stations with 13,344 Superchargers across North American, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. It is the largest charging network for vehicles in the world. And it’s getting a significant upgrade.
The V3 Supercharger is going to reduce the time that Tesla owners spend at a charging station by nearly 50%. A Tesla spokesperson recently said, “V3 is a completely new architecture for Supercharging. [It includes] a new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to our utility-scale products supports peak rates of up to 250kW per car.”
How Quickly the Model 3 Will Charge
For those of you that aren’t too privy to electrical technology, this level of charging capabilities is quite stunning. This new technology will enable the Tesla Model 3 to charge up to 75 miles in just 5 minutes. If left charging for 15 minutes—just enough time to use the restroom and grab a snack—the Model 3 will reach 180 miles.
One way that Tesla made V3 Supercharger more efficient was no longer requiring owners to share a charging station with another vehicle. Tesla says, “Supercharger stations with V3’s new power electronics are designed to enable any owner to charge at the full power their battery can take. No more splitting power with a vehicle in the stall next to you.”
Future Software Updates
One of the first V3 Supercharging stations was deployed in Hawthorne, California while more have been added in cities such as Las Vegas. Tesla is currently posting red “250kW” signs on top of specific charging stations so owners with Model 3 vehicles can start taking advantage of the new technology.
At this time, only the Model 3 vehicles are able to utilize the new VS Supercharging stations. The Model S and Model X vehicles can currently only use the V2 iterations. However, Tesla mentioned that a software update is planned for the future so that these models can take advantage of the V3 charging capabilities.
Additional Charging Innovation
Tesla has also implemented another innovative piece of technology that will help with the charging process. The On-Route Battery Warmup will recognize when a vehicle is en route to a charging station and begin heating up the battery so that it’s at the optimal temperature to charge efficiently. Tesla says that this new technology can decrease charge times by up to 25%.