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Tesla introducing V3 Supercharging; up to 250 kW per car

Tesla announced that it is introducing V3 Supercharging, which will support peak rates of up to 250 kW per car.

V3 represents a new architecture for Supercharging. A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to Tesla utility-scale products supports the peak rates of up to 250kW per car. At this rate, a Model 3 Long Range operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes. Tesla said that, combined with other new improvements, V3 Supercharging will ultimately cut the amount of time customers spend charging by an average of 50%, as modeled on its fleet data.

Supercharger stations with V3’s new power electronics are designed to enable any owner to charge at the full power the battery can take without splitting power with a vehicle in the next stall. Tesla said it anticipated the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes.

Beginning this week, Tesla is also rolling out a new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup. Now, whenever a Tesla navigates to a Supercharger station, the vehicle will intelligently heat the battery to ensure it arrives at the optimal temperature to charge, reducing average charge times for owners by 25%.

This combination of higher peak power with V3, dedicated vehicle power allocation across Supercharger sites, and On-Route Battery Warmup enables customers to charge in half the time and Tesla to serve more than twice the number of customers per hour, the company said.

Additionally, it is also unlocking 145 kW charge rates for its 12,000+ V2 Superchargers over the coming weeks.

Tesla has opened the the first V3 public beta site in the Bay Area, which will incrementally be made available to owners in Tesla’s Early Access Program. Tesla is launching V3 Supercharging for Model 3, its highest volume vehicle, and will continue to expand access as it reviews and assesses the results of millions of charging events.

Tesla said it will increase Model S and X charging speeds via software updates in the coming months.

V3 Supercharging will roll out to the wider fleet in an over-the-air firmware update to all owners in Q2 as more V3 Superchargers come online.

The first non-beta V3 Supercharger site will break ground next month, with North American sites ramping in Q2 and Q3 before coming to Europe and Asia-Pacific in Q4.



This is a significant step forward as it doesn’t require a significant modification of driving habits for most drivers. Market research shows that a super majority of drivers on long trips drive for 1-2 hours and stop for 5-15 minute breaks. The availability of High speed charging is a limitation but one that will likely be addressed in the near term.


That does pretty much put the hypedrogen people on their back foot again, doesn't it?  Between fast charging for long trips and charging at home and/or work for everything else, the BEV renders the hypedrogen infrastructure superfluous.


There is no problem building fast chargers, apart from the cost, which Tesla can ill afford, there is one heck of a problem making batteries which can take it without greatly reduced cycle life.
The Porsche is using a very sophisticated cooling system to cope.

Tesla is ace at writing exclusion terms to warranties though, and equally adept at downloading a convenient OTA to your car, to 'help you conserve it'.

Tesla is floundering around trying anything to boost the inflated share price, or rather prevent a real collapse.

In their 10K they specified that they were to vigorously expand the sales locations, and indeed had only recently taken on leases on some of them.

Days later they reversed course, and are using any means available to welsh on any help for their sales force and force them out without benefits.

That is desperation.
A news announcement on a V3 charging system they have no money to build and which the batteries probably can't handle without murdering the cycle life is a far cheaper ploy than having to continue to pay the leases on these derelict showrooms.


Davemart! Holding your shorts up?


What does "Holding your shorts up" mean ?
I googled but cannot find it.

Is it like "keep your pants on" ?


“Days later they reversed course...blah blah blah... That is desperation.”

We’ve been hearing of their imminent demise for longer than the Elio is about to be released. Over a decade and counting. The words keep changing but the tune is the same. Chicken Little would be proud.

Just for fun Please give us the year in which they will collapse. Mark Spiegle would like to know.


It's difficult to understand your unsubstantiated negative posts toward a company trying to make your life better. Surely you don't believe the proposed shift to hydrogen from fossil fuels by the oilcos was motivated by them looking out for your welfare and not their motivation to profit at any costs, including killing people before their time with toxic pollution.


Tesla has certainly made the life of Kimball better.
Can anyone tell me what he contributed to Tesla to be worth the hundreds of millions he has pulled from the company, and the bail out of the Musk clan by the takeover of Solar City after it had been run into the ground?

So far Tesla has burnt through billions in subsidy money and shareholder's funds without making a cent in profits.

Follow the money, and see who is being benefitted.

What Tesla is doing for the electrification of transport and sustainability if giving it a bad name.

I would have seen through that con job when I was six years old.

Follow the money to the Rive clan and Musk's 'charitable' foundations and you will know who is benefitting.

Nevertheless since this is a technology site not a financial one, I will make no further comment on the subject, as I have largely done so over the years.

Events will show the realities of this sham soon enough.


There is nothing basically wrong with the reduction of charging time from 100+ minutes to 30+ minutes but it is sill much too long. Extended range e-trucks, e-buses, e-pick-ups will need much larger charging facilities with very special cables and connectors.

FCEVs (all sizes) will refill under 5 minutes and FCs will supply free heat for passengers on colder days.

New solar panels could supply the clean H2 required for home and/or working place refills 365 days/year.


Faster charging time is good, but in many cases may not be necessary.


250,000 watts divide by 375 volts = 666 amps for a tesla model s

this is a huge amount of currnet.


600 amps IS a lot of current, but it can be done.

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