Tesla’s new charging network will halve waiting times

Tesla's Supercharging V3, announced last night, charges the Model 3 at a rate of up to 1,000 miles per hour (temporarily), or what Tesla says can gain you as much as 75 miles of range in five minutes.

This was class-leading when Tesla started building out the network; at the time, the fastest DC Fast charger you could find for CHAdeMO or CCS maxed out at just 50kW. This superfast charging will reduce the wait for a full recharge of a auto by a 50-per cent; this is a huge time saver for people on the long inter-state drive. The 1 megawatt power cabinet supports a charge rate up to 250-kw per vehicle.

In getting ready for the hardware, Tesla will roll out a software update to vehicles that includes On-Route Battery Warmup, a mode that smartly heats up the battery to the optimal temperature to reduce charge times in cold weather. 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. For existing Model S and X owners, Tesla says they will see "charging speeds [increase] via software updates in the coming months".

The first V3 Beta site is now open in the Californian Bay Area, also known as the Tesla heartland.

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

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 auto using a paired key fob".

The first non-beta V3 Superchargers will break ground next month in the USA, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions to follow in the fourth quarter of the year.

Tesla shared news of the next-generation V3 Superchargers in a rare official blog post and the über quick video below. It has plans to bump up the charge rates at more than 12,000 V2 Superchargers from 125kW to 145kW in coming weeks.

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  • Darren Santiago