Tesla's V3 Superchargers Allow Charging at 1,000 miles per hour

Tesla claims that a Model 3 Long Range will now be able to recover up to 75 miles of charge in just 5 minutes, the equivalent of 1000 miles per hour.

Tesla yesterday opened its first "public beta" V3 charging site in Fremont, California.

Tesla has announced the latest generation of its 'Supercharging' fast-charge network, dubbed V3, with 250kW speeds bringing the brand closer to those promised by the European Ionity network. Tesla says this will reduce average charging times by 25%. The new chargers will initially roll out for the Model 3, with the capability being provided for the Model S and X via over-the-air software updates over the course of the next few months. 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. It's called the V3 Supercharger, and it can support up to 250kW per auto, from a cabinet that's rated at 1MW. 145 kW is the charging rate of a current shared pair of Tesla's Superchargers, so the fix seems to be a simple software unlocking of the max speed of a single vehicle charging on a shared pair. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging. Tesla has flirted with adding liquid-cooled cables to Superchargers in the past, but the rollout V3 is the first use of the new technology at scale.

This is good news for Tesla owners, but also for Tesla's network because it means cars will spend on average 50 percent less time recharging, meaning every Supercharging location can handle more cars every day.

The first non-beta V3 Superchargers will break ground next month in the United States, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions to follow in the fourth quarter of the year. Tesla specifically mentions this in 2019.7.11's release notes.

  • Eleanor Harrison