Tesla has announced the latest generation of its fast-charge DC Supercharger channel, dubbed V3, boasting speeds of 250 kW. This more than doubles the automaker’s existing 120 kW cap via the V2 Supercharger network, though there are plans to upgrade those (about 12,000 units around the world) to encourage 145 kW fast-charging.
The focus of the day is V3 – the charging network is backed by a fundamental one-megawatt power cabinet (its design is inspired by the brand’s industrial products) that supports 250 kW charging. Tesla says it enables 1,000 miles (1,600 km) per hour of charge if operating at peak efficiency.
Supercharger channels with V3’s new power electronics are designed to enable any owner to charge in the full power their battery can shoot, so owners may no longer need to split power with a vehicle in the opposing stall. With these technical advancements, the typical charging time in a V3 Supercharger will fall to around 15 minutes.
Tesla claims that a Model 3 Long Range would have the ability to gain 120 km of range with a charge time of just five minutes – the slumping of wattage will reduce charge time, and consequently customer waiting time by 50%.
On the software side of things, Tesla will roll out a new update called “On-Route Battery Warm-up” that warms the car’s battery to its optimal temperatures whilst driving into the charging station. When all of the parameters are met, this alone will have the ability to drop charge times by 25%.
The first V3 Beta website is currently open from the Californian Bay Area, also known as the Tesla heartland. Tesla says the new charging station will be rolled out in the fourth quarter of 2019 throughout Asia Pacific.
While 250 kW certainly seems fast by today’s criteria, Porsche’s ‘Turbo Charging’ solution promises a charging output of 320 kW, and this will be made available once its all-electric Taycan version is launched. Conversely, the Ionity network in Europe will push 350 kW, but only on vehicles which encourage it.
Other noteworthy charging channels include FastCharge by BMW and Porsche – FastCharge boasts a 450 kW throughput, allowing 100 km of driving range with a charge time of just 3 minutes, or 15 minutes for a complete charge. GM’s 400 kW solid-state transformer-based Extreme Fast Charger (XFC) is also in the works, and the technology will be readied in 20 of its electric cars by 2023.
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