"With these significant technical improvements, we anticipate the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes", the EV maker has posted in a blog on its website. The metric is a bit misleading, however, as the peak charge rate of 75 miles in 5 minutes presumably decreases to a slower pace as the battery gets closer to full capacity.
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 on Wednesday announced a new V3 Supercharger that supports charging of up to 250 kilowatts. Tesla has flirted with adding liquid-cooled cables to Superchargers in the past, but the rollout V3 is the first use of the new technology at scale.
While the Supercharger is making headlines, some Tesla followers started speculating what a wrapped pickup truck was doing on a spotted carrier loaded with Tesla vehicles, Electrek's Fred Lambert reports.
In addition to faster charging, Tesla's V3 Superchargers also allow for more consistent charging - the stations effectively eliminate the power-sharing tech that is present at existing Supercharger locations.
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Elon Musk-owned electronic carmaker Tesla launched the company ambitious third generation Supercharger station V3 series in the US. Because this is just a software hack, the fix can be rolled out to the Model S and X as well.
The V3 Superchargers will come to USA sites in Q2 and Q3 this year, with Asia-Pacific and Europe to follow in Q4. V3 Supercharging is coming to Europe towards the end of 2019.
Tesla now has more than 12,000 Supercharger sites in North America and says it plans to have coverage for 99% of the European population by the end of the year.
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.