Tesla will upgrade Superchargers to faster V3

At its peak, V3 can charge at rates of 1,000 miles per hour, and can top up a Model 3 Long Range with 75 miles of charge in five minutes.

Tesla has released the details of its V3 Supercharging network, the third generation of the company's charging infrastructure that promises rates up to 1000 miles per hour.

Through that system and the V3 Superchargers, Tesla estimates that a typical charging time at one of the units will drop to 15 minutes.

Tesla's Supercharger V3 was unveiled on a rainy night at a private event in Fremont, California on Wednesday.

"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.

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

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".

Regarding On-Route Battery Warmup, it ensures the battery temperature is optimal for charging when the owner navigates to a Supercharging station. 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. The first V3 Supercharger sites in Europe and Asia are due in the final quarter of the year. More chargers will begin rolling out in April for North America.

V3 Supercharging will launch its first public beta site in the Bay Area, offered to owners part of the company's Early Access Program. Tesla says software upgrades are due in the near future to increase charging speeds for Model S and Model X machines.

Your Tesla when charging at a V3 Supercharger will indicate you're at a "high-usage Supercharger station" and note only a max battery charge of 80% is available.

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".

  • Anthony Vega