Tesla’s new charging network will halve waiting times

Tesla’s new charging network will halve waiting times

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.

Tesla says that, on average, V3 Supercharging will halve the amount of time its customers spend charging to about 15 minutes. The 1 megawatt power cabinet supports a charge rate up to 250-kw per vehicle.

"This combination of higher peak power with V3, dedicated vehicle power allocation across Supercharger sites, and On-Route Battery Warmup enables customers to charge in half the time and Tesla to serve more than twice the number of customers per hour", explains Tesla.

Supercharging V3 isn't as quick as CEO Elon Musk suggested when he called the 350 kw peak of CCS charging at the time "a children's toy". Now, Tesla says, its cars will adjust the temperature of the battery pack as the vehicle approaches the Supercharger to ensure optimal current flow. 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. And initially only the Model 3 will be able to handle the peak rate but a software update coming down the line will make it possible for the Model S and X as well. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging.

Tesla promises to halve charging time with V3 Supercharging

The first beta test V3 chargers are now in operation in California, near Tesla's headquarters, and work on the first full sites will begin in April.

The first beta V3 Supercharger location is now open in the Bay Area, and Tesla says it will break ground on the first proper North American V3 Supercharger location next month, ramping up later this year.

Once update, if the Tesla auto owner is on its way to the nearest Supercharger stations, the vehicle will intelligently heat the battery.

However, since Tesla's Fremont, CA Supercharger is the only so-equipped charging station in the U.S. so far, chances are those batteries will already be rolling at pretty moderate temps. Tesla specifically mentions this in 2019.7.11's release notes.

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