Tesla is rolling out new technology that will cut typical recharging times for its electric vehicles to about 15 minutes.
V3 Supercharging is the next step in the growth of Tesla’s Supercharger network, which includes 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia.
V3 is a new architecture for Supercharging. A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to Tesla's utility-scale products supports 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 and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour. Combined with other improvements, V3 Supercharging will ultimately cut the amount of time Tesla's customers spend charging by an average of 50%.
Supercharger stations with V3’s new power electronics are designed 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. With these technical improvements, Tesla anticipates 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 you navigate to a Supercharger station, your vehicle will intelligently heat the battery to ensure you arrive 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 Tesla's customers to charge in half the time and Tesla to serve more than twice the number of customers per hour. Additionally, Tesla is also unlocking 145kW charge rates for our 12,000+ V2 Superchargers over the coming weeks.
Beginning today, Tesla is opening the first 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, the company's highest volume vehicle, and will continue to expand access as the company reviews and assesses the results of millions of charging events. Tesla also promised to 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. Tesla's 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.