Tesla's new Supercharger V3 cuts charge times in half

Tesla's new Supercharger V3 cuts charge times in half

Tesla's new Supercharger V3 cuts charge times in half

Along with other changes, Tesla's new V3 Supercharging network will ultimately halve the average time customers spend charging their cars, the company said on its blog.

Tesla is also flexing its software muscles with the new V3 Supercharger standard with a creative feature called "On Route Battery Warmup".

V3 is a completely new architecture for Supercharging.

Power is delivered to the auto via a new liquid-cooled cable design that Tesla claims is actually lighter and more flexible than the current air-cooled cable. Design-wise, V3 Superchargers look the same as V2, but come with a thicker charging cable. Supercharger V3 supports peak rates of up to 250 kW per vehicle, allowing a auto like the Long Range Model 3 to replenish 75 miles of its range in just 5 minutes. Tesla estimates that V3's upgrades will reduce typical charging times to around 15 minutes.

In the coming weeks, over 12,000 existing V2 Superchargers will get 145kW charge rates, up from 120kW.

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The first "non-beta" V3 Supercharger site will break ground next month. The Model Y SUV, due to be revealed next week, will likely also be able to use the system because it shares technical elements with the Model 3 saloon.

Tesla is rolling out faster Supercharging to cut down charging times.

For now, Tesla has opened the one public beta V3 Supercharger in Fremont, California. The Model S and Model X will experience an undisclosed increase to their respective charging rate "in the coming months". More will become available in this year's second and third quarter, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions following by the end of the year. To initiate Summon, stand within 10 feet (3 meters) of the parked auto and press and hold the top center button on the key fob until the hazard lights blink continuously.

Tesla further explains, "to operate Summon with key fob, Require Continuous Press must be set to NO under controls Autopilot Customize Summon".

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