Tesla V3 Supercharging: 250kW charge stations announced

Posted March 08, 2019

When an owner navigates to a charging station, their auto will make sure the battery is raised to an optimal temperature when they arrive which Tesla says can reduce average charge times by 25 percent. The 1 megawatt power cabinet supports a charge rate up to 250-kw per vehicle. Using a Model 3 Long Range as an example, the vehicle can gain 75 miles of range in just five minutes, with a per-hour charge rate of up to 1,000 miles (were the auto able to hold such a charge). It has plans to bump up the charge rates at more than 12,000 V2 Superchargers from 125kW to 145kW in coming weeks.

Good news for Tesla drivers: Charging is about to get easier. Tesla believes charging times using the V3 Supercharger will fall to around 15 minutes per vehicle, which at peak rates means 225 miles of charge is replenished.

The higher speeds will be available for more owners this spring, Tesla says, as more chargers come online. It will also increase Model S and X charging speeds via software updates over the coming months.

V3 Supercharging will enable Tesla's vehicles "to charge faster than any other electric vehicle on the market today", the EV maker said in a statement.

The first V3 Supercharger site that's not a test version will break ground next month.

Don't call Tesla's old charging cable fat but it does look a bit husky next to the new liquid-cooled model.                  Tesla
Don't call Tesla's old charging cable fat but it does look a bit husky next to the new liquid-cooled model. Tesla

As for older charging infrastructure, there are now over 12,000 V2 Superchargers, which will be unlocked for 145kW charge rates in the coming weeks. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging.

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

For now, Tesla has only installed its preview Supercharger V3s in Fremont, California and will only make them available to members of its early access program.

Also new in a firmware update (2019.7.11) for Model 3 owners is "Summon with Key Fob", which lets owners "move your Model 3 in and out of a parking space from outside the vehicle using a paired key fob".