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Tesla's third generation Supercharger promises to cut plug-in time in half

Tesla's third generation Super...
Tesla’s V3 Superchargers will provide its Model 3 Long Range version with up to 75 mi (120 km) of range with just five minutes of plug-in time
Tesla’s V3 Superchargers will provide its Model 3 Long Range version with up to 75 mi (120 km) of range with just five minutes of plug-in time
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Tesla’s current crop of Superchargers number in the tens of thousands
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Tesla’s current crop of Superchargers number in the tens of thousands
Charging times and range anxiety remain a big factor in the appeal of electric vehicles
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Charging times and range anxiety remain a big factor in the appeal of electric vehicles
To further hurry things along, Tesla is also introducing a new feature called “On-Route Battery Warmup”
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To further hurry things along, Tesla is also introducing a new feature called “On-Route Battery Warmup”
Tesla’s V3 Superchargers will provide its Model 3 Long Range version with up to 75 mi (120 km) of range with just five minutes of plug-in time
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Tesla’s V3 Superchargers will provide its Model 3 Long Range version with up to 75 mi (120 km) of range with just five minutes of plug-in time
Tesla's new Supercharger is promised to cut charging times in half
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Tesla's new Supercharger is promised to cut charging times in half

Charging times remain a big factor in dampening the appeal of electric vehicles, and Tesla is seeking to address this in a big way through the third generation of its Supercharger. Now being rolled out across North America, its V3 Superchargers will offer peak rates of up to 250 kW per car and promise to cut charging times by an average of 50 percent.

Tesla's current crop of Superchargers number in the tens of thousands and dot many major routes across North America, Europe and the Asian Pacific, placed to allow road-tripping Tesla owners to top up en-route. Maxing out at 120 kW, they can offer plugged in Teslas a half-charged battery in around 30 minutes.

So the 250-kW solution Tesla has introduced is a marked improvement. In fact, it makes the company's cars the fastest charging electric vehicles on the market.

Tesla’s current crop of Superchargers number in the tens of thousands
Tesla’s current crop of Superchargers number in the tens of thousands

That may change when the Porsche Taycan rolls into town promising 350-kW charge rates, though recent testing indicates the figures may be even higher. Swiss company ABB is also promising 350-kW rates through its Terra High Power DC fast charger, for any cars that can handle it, while a consortium of automakers are also working on establishing a network of 350-kW charging stations across Europe.

And on the more speculative side of things, Piëch's electric sportscar we covered this week may charge at rates of over 1 MW, if the figures are to be believed. Even more ambitious, or perhaps fictitious, is the very conceptual Arcanum's 180-kWh battery which will apparently charge at staggering rates of 2.7 MW.

But here and now, Tesla's V3 Superchargers will provide its Model 3 Long Range with up to 75 miles (120 km) of range with just five minutes of plug-in time, according to the company. The new architecture leverages a 1 MW power cabinet inspired by Tesla's utility-scale batteries, and will enable owners to charge up at maximum rates rather than sharing the capacity with vehicles in the stall next door, as is currently the norm.

To further hurry things along, Tesla is also introducing a new feature called “On-Route Battery Warmup”
To further hurry things along, Tesla is also introducing a new feature called “On-Route Battery Warmup”

To further hurry things along, Tesla is also introducing a new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup. This means that whenever an owner navigates to a Supercharger station, the vehicle software will automatically warm up the battery to the optimal temperature for maximum charging rates in time for their arrival. CEO Elon Musk says this will use very little power and won't bring about a noticeable effect on range.

All together, Tesla expects its new Superchargers to cut the typical charging time for owners by an average of 50 percent, according to its fleet data. It opened the first public beta site for the Model 3 in the Bay Area this week, with further stations to be added in North America over the coming months and then to Europe and Asia-Pacific in the final quarter of 2019.

The short video below shows the new Supercharger in action.

Source: Tesla

5 comments
guzmanchinky
Every day we inch closer to the 5 minute fill up...
SimonClarke
What a lot of people forget is that it doesn't take 5 minutes to fill up their car, its more like 15. if, on a Sunday, I want to fill my car up, I have to drive to a petrol station. that takes time. whereas my daughter just goes outside, plugs in and is done. Also, if you have to fill up on route, especially in the UK, the fuel prices on the motorways are staggering. diesel is over £1.50 a litre and petrol is not far behind at around £1.46. a 50 mpg car will travel between 9 and 11 miles on that while an electric car will travel 4 miles on a KW that costs around 30p. you might have to wait longer to fill up your electric car but 50 litres of fuel at this price will cost you £75 and allow you to travel around 460 miles but a 64 kwh battery charged to 80% from 20% will have cost you only £18 and allow you to travel for three hours before you need to stop again. Faster charging is great but I think electric cars are awesome.
guzmanchinky
Simon I fill up my car on the way to somewhere. Yes, it takes about 5 minutes out of my journey to completely fill up my car, especially in the US where I don't have to enter the station to pay, the way they do in Europe. And my fuel price is between 2 and 3 dollars a gallon, which is dirt cheap. I really do believe that we are very close to the 5 minute charge up and that will be the tipping point which will kill the internal combustion engine. Good riddance.
FabianLamaestra
Funny how none of the images in this article show the Model 3 which is the only Tesla car that can actually do this.
Daishi
If my car could refuel gasoline in the driveway I would only ever go to gas stations on rare long distance road trips. For that reason charge times for gas vs electric are not really an apples to apples comparison of convenience unless you don't have any means of charging from home.