One of the big drawbacks of electric cars is the time it takes to charge. That is why Tesla accompanied the launch of its cars with a network of superchargers that are capable of charging their cars much faster. Now, taking advantage of the sale of the Model 3, Elon Musk's company has presented the Supercharger V3 . This new charger can charge the latest Tesla car with a power of 250 kW . According to Tesla, this is fast enough to add a 120km range in just 5 minutes.
At the moment the new Tesla Supercharger V3s are in the testing phase. The company has installed the first station of these new superchargers in Fremont. It can only be accessed by users who are included in the "early access program". It will be in April of this year when the company plans to extend the fleet of new superchargers to other charging stations. As for Europe, Tesla has commented that the new V3 Superchargers will arrive in the fourth quarter of the year .
Faster charging even with multiple cars
The new V3 Superchargers improve considerably on the current Tesla V2s. To give you an idea, the V2 models have a power of 150 kW, although they are limited to 120 kW. However, the company has also taken advantage of the presentation of the new models to comment that it will increase the limitation of the V2 superchargers to 145 kW in the coming weeks.
In addition, the manufacturer will release a software update that includes a new feature called “On-Route Battery Warmup” . This consists in that, when we indicate to the navigator that we are on the way to a supercharger, the car will heat the battery little by little so that when we arrive it is at the optimum temperature to charge. This will help, according to Tesla, reduce charging times by 25%.
One of the problems that Tesla users have complained about the most is the distribution of energy when they go to charge a supercharger station in which there are several cars charging. Apparently, in these cases there is a division of power between the connected cars that makes the load much slower. From Tesla they assure that this problem is solved with the new Superchargers V3 .
At the moment only the Tesla Model 3 will be able to take advantage of the power of the new superchargers . This is because the new model has a battery with a different chemical composition than the Model S and Model X. These, for now, will remain limited to 120 kW, although the manufacturer has already commented that it plans to update the charging speed of its first two models through a software update.
Via | Tesla