Tesla announces it will build more powerful Superchargers

A Tesla Inc Model S electric vehicle charges at a Supercharger station in Rubigen Switzerland on Aug. 16 2018

Core to the new high-speed performance is a new liquid-cooled cable that translates to a more flexible and easier to use cable. This small tweak means an average reduction of 25 percent to charge times. A new feature is being added to vehicles called On-Route Battery Warmup. 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. When drivers navigate to a Supercharger, the vehicle will begin to warm the battery to an optimal level, thus resulting in less time spent charging.

After doubling power at Tesla's stations and vehicles preheating batteries ahead of arriving at a plug, charging times will drop to around 15 minutes, the electric-car leader said on its blog.

The first videos of Tesla's next-generation Supercharger V3 have been shared online, providing an initial glimpse at how the next-generation charging solution works, and the benefits it carries. Said another way, the 15 minutes I spent at a Tesla urban Supercharger operating at 72 kW this afternoon would have given me a almost complete charge instead of the 72 miles of range that it added to my battery. In comparison, Tesla's V2 Superchargers have peak rates of ~120 kW per vehicle.

Tesla will roll out the first of these updated Superchargers in Fremont, California, but it'll only be available to those in its early access program.

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In the coming weeks, over 12,000 existing V2 Superchargers will get 145kW charge rates, up from 120kW. Tesla specifically mentions this in 2019.7.11's release notes.

However, since Tesla's Fremont, CA Supercharger is the only so-equipped charging station in the USA so far, chances are those batteries will already be rolling at pretty moderate temps.

Tesla is still testing the V3 Supercharger but expects to start installing them from next month in North America, and in Europe and Asia from the fourth quarter of the year.

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