Tesla begins to unlock V2 Supercharger’s 145 kW charge rate in new software roll out



Tesla has started rolling out its V2 Supercharger network software update allowing 145 kW charge rates for Model 3 vehicles. This increased power provides an approximate 18% increase in vehicle charge times and comes on the heels of Tesla’s 250 kW V3  Supercharger launch. The boost in useable power for Tesla’s current-generation Superchargers, from 120 kW to 145 kW, will slowly be unlocked for over 12,000 V2 stations globally.

Pictures shared on Reddit show a Tesla Model 3 on firmware version 2019.7.11 attaining a 147 kW peak charge at 600 mi/hr from a V2 Supercharger in Petaluma, California. Power was reduced to 117 kW at 60% battery charge, and calculated charge time was 35 minutes beginning from 16% battery state of charge, according to the images. This exact same over-the-air software also unlocks Model 3’s capability to charge at V3 channels .

Model 3 charging with V2 Supercharger update. | Credit: /privaterbok

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Along with the updated V2 Superchargers, Tesla will be releasing an over-the-air feature called “On-Route Battery Warmup” into pre-condition vehicle batteries for optimum charging temperature. This feature will further reduce charge time and, when coupled with the use of the newest 1,000 mi/hr V3 Superchargers, cut down on automobile charging time by half.

The advancements being made to Tesla’s Superchargers and automobile software are helping to slowly bring Tesla “refueling” time in line with the rates experienced by traditional gasoline vehicles together with increasing the volume of Tesla vehicles its Supercharger locations can accommodate every day.

A faster-charging network is one of the key components to Tesla’s sales strategy for bringing the $35,000 Model 3 and upcoming Model Y into the mass market. The affordability of the Model 3 and Model Y will inevitably increase Supercharger demand and, although Tesla’s network will cover over 90% of the US, European, and Chinese populations by the end of the year, the quick rise in ownership will also have a increase in the anticipation of convenience. The Fremont-based car manufacturer’s choice to optimize the Model 3 and Model Y for V3 channels first is likely based on its coming sales predictions for those vehicles.

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