Tesla's V3 Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

Tesla's V3 Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

Tesla's V3 Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

A Model 3 Long Range operating at its most efficient can recover 75 miles in just 5 minutes, according to Tesla.

"Supercharger stations with V3's new power electronics are created to enable any owner to charge at the full power their battery can take - no more splitting power with a vehicle in the stall next to you", the company says. But times change, and companies like ElectrifyAmerica and ChargePoint are rolling out new DC Fast chargers for these standards that are capable of recharging a auto at much higher power-350kW in the case of ElectrifyAmerica and 500kW in the case of ChargePoint.

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 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.

Good news for Tesla drivers: Charging is about to get easier.

The V3 charging system will initially be available for only the Model 3. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging. This small tweak means an average reduction of 25 percent to charge times.

The company plans to increase the charging speeds of Model S and X via software updates in the coming months.

For now, Tesla has opened the one public beta V3 Supercharger in Fremont, California.

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.

Tesla says that it has 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia-and that 99 percent of the USA population is covered by the charging network.

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".

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