Tesla's V3 Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

Tesla's V3 Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

Unveiled on Wednesday, the carmaker said in a blog post that the new V3 Supercharger will boast charging rates of up to 250 kW.

Power is delivered to the vehicle via a new liquid-cooled cable design that Tesla claims is actually lighter and more flexible than the current air-cooled cable. A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to our utility-scale products supports peak rates of up to 250kW per vehicle.

To make better use of the Supercharger network, Tesla says it will also update its cars with a new feature that begins to prewarm their batteries when they approach a Supercharger, similar to the prewarming that occurs in some models when you use Ludicrous mode.

Tesla is speeding up charging with the third generation of its Supercharger. "This combination of higher peak power and dedicated vehicle power allocation across the site enables you to charge in half the time", Tesla wrote.

A new 1-megawatt charge cabinet is also added to locations in order to split the 250 kW charge between four vehicles simultaneously.

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. The new feature will pre-heat the battery pack of the vehicle when navigating to a Supercharger station, reducing the average charge time by 25 percent. 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. Owners of Models S and X will have to wait for software updates in the coming months before being able to benefit from these 250kW stations.

However, since Tesla's Fremont, CA Supercharger is the only so-equipped charging station in the United States so far, chances are those batteries will already be rolling at pretty moderate temps. The company says that thousands of new Superchargers will come online in 2019; it doesn't stipulate that all of these will be V3 Superchargers, but it would be unlike Tesla not to deliver its most advanced version.

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